Cutler to Discuss ALS Tonight on PCN
5/5/2010

Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Peach Bottom) will appear on the PCN show “On the Issues” at 8 p.m. tonight to discuss his legislation recognizing May as “Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania, and other issues associated with ALS.  The program will air on Comcast channel 186 at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5.  

“An ALS diagnosis is a personal struggle, a family tragedy and a state concern, as the progression of the disease robs a person of his or her ability to walk, eat, speak, and eventually breathe, and also hinders the individual from working and functioning in society,” said Cutler.  “ALS diagnoses are more prevalent in veterans so Pennsylvania will likely see more incidents of the disease because we have the most troops deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan.” 

On May 3, Cutler’s ALS legislation, House Resolution 730, was unanimously approved by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.  Cutler has also led efforts in the House to study services for Pennsylvanians affected with ALS. 

ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is diagnosed in more than 5,000 people in the United States every year, with a prognosis of death between two to five years after the initial diagnosis.  There is no cure for ALS, which is classified as a progressive neurodegenerative disease.  It is not contagious, but certain forms have been linked to heredity. 

Cutler has been an outspoken advocate for ALS awareness and has been personally impacted by the disease, as both of his parents were diagnosed with ALS while he was still a teenager. 

“It is important for people to know the early signs of ALS, which are often overlooked,” said Cutler.  “There has been progress with treatment in slowing the disease, and I am hopeful that someday we will find a cure.” 

Rep. Bryan Cutler
100th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

(717) 786-4551
(717) 783-6424
Contact:  Nicole Wamsley
nwamsley@pahousegop.com or (717) 783-8063
Member Site: 
RepCutler.com
Twitter Site:  Twitter.com/repbryancutler

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