Cutler Legislation Brings Awareness to ALS
7/13/2009
Rep. Bryan Cutler’s (R-Peach Bottom) House Resolution 294, which designates July 4, as “Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Awareness Day,” passed the House unanimously today.
 
“ALS is a devastating disease that progressively robs its victims of the ability to move, speak, swallow and breathe without impacting their cognitive or emotional awareness,” said Cutler. “Watching someone suffer from ALS is heart-breaking, but by raising awareness of the disease, we may be able to someday find a cure.”
 
ALS, commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a fatal neurodegenerative disease which causes a patient’s muscles to atrophy. On average, a person diagnosed with ALS will only survive two to five years after diagnosis. More than 5,000 people are identified with the disease every year.
 
Cutler chose July 4 as the day to recognize ALS because it marked the 70th anniversary of when Lou Gehrig made his famous farewell speech at Yankee Stadium. Gehrig was diagnosed with ALS on June 19, 1939, and officially retired from the Yankees days later. He was honored by the team on July 4, 1939, “Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day.” It was one of the most poignant moments in baseball history and was a touching outpouring of support for ALS’s most famous and beloved victim.  Gehrig died on June 2, 1941.  
 
For more information about ALS, visit Cutler’s Web site at RepCutler.com.
 
Rep. Bryan Cutler
100th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
 (717) 786-4551
(717) 783-6424
Contact: Nicole Wamsley
nwamsley@pahousegop.com
(717) 783-8063
Member Site: RepCutler.com
Caucus Site: PAHouseGOP.com