Essay about Informative Speech on Als

1224 Words Jun 16th, 2015 5 Pages
Throughout history there have been an array of diseases and illnesses, everything from the common cold to epidemics that have decimated populations. Medical Science has progressed to the point that many diseases are now treatable, curable, or even extinct. Yet even with this incredible progress there are still many diseases that remain not only without a cure, but without even effective treatments. One of these diseases is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease as it is commonly known, is a degenerative disease affecting the nervous system and the only outcome is death. Let’s take a look at the symptoms and how the effect they have on ALS patients. The early symptoms are slight and hardly noticed, they are easy …show more content…
There are studies that seem to show this is a genetic disorder yet others indicate an environmental link or some show that past medical history and injury may be the trigger. Yet at this time no one knows for sure and so the prevailing theory is a combination of all these factors that encourage the development of the condition. So let’s talk about what is being done to bring awareness and funding to this disease. Unless you were living in a vacuum this summer you have most likely heard about, and maybe even participated in, the ALS ice bucket challenge. This challenge turned into a fundraising campaign the likes of which have rarely ever been seen. Latest reports from the ALS Foundation website put the funds raised at 115 million dollars and, although dwindling, still generating donations. According to, where this challenge originated is a twisted trail of strange challenges that were not even remotely related to ALS, although some were for charitable causes. Whether this evolved from a Christian based campaign for clean water in third world countries, or drunken dares among bored Canadian comrades, the phenomenon has created an undeniable increase in funding for research into this devasting disease. There are also individuals that are pioneers into the public awareness campaign to combat this disease, and these people have an even greater stake in this game. Take Steve Gleason, a former

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