Cutler ALS Awareness Month Resolution Passes House Unanimously

A resolution introduced by Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Peach Bottom) recognizing May 2010 as “Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania passed the House of Representatives unanimously today. 

“ALS is a devastating disease, and it is important for people to know the signs and symptoms,” said Cutler.  “The cruelest part of the disease is being mentally aware of your complete physical demise.” 

Along with designating May 2010 as ALS Awareness Month, House Resolution 730 also recognizes the initial symptoms, progression and outcomes of an ALS diagnosis.  Most patients identified as having ALS only survive two to five years from the time of their diagnosis. 

Cutler noted that nationally there are more than 5,000 new cases of ALS diagnosed every year so it is important to raise awareness of the disease.  As incidents of ALS are higher among veterans, and with Pennsylvania having the largest contingent of National Guard troops deployed, the Commonwealth can expect an increase in ALS diagnoses. 

A long-time advocate for ALS awareness, Cutler also organized and chaired a public hearing of the House Health and Human Services Committee last year to learn about the Commonwealth’s ALS services.   

Rep. Bryan Cutler
100th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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