Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, is a rapidly progressive neuromuscular degenerative disease. It attacks the motor neurons that transmit electrical impulses from the brain to voluntary muscles in the body. When these muscles fail to receive messages, they lose strength, atrophy and die. ALS takes everything....your mobility, your speech, your money and ultimately your life.
In the golf community you may have become aware of the disease when Bruce Edwards, Tom Watson's caddy, was diagnosed and eventually died of ALS.
ALS can hit anyone, at any time, regardless of age, gender or ethnic origin. The average life expectancy after diagnosis is two to five years. Support equipment costs an average of $137,000 per patient; nursing and/or home care costs are up to 10 times that amount.
Steve Darling, Global TV News, PGA of BC, Golf A Thon for ALS Ambassador