Essay about Who Is Lou Gehrig?

1455 Words Nov 20th, 2016 6 Pages
Over 150 years ago, in 1869, French neurologist Jean-Martin Charot first discovered Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS. However, attention was not brought to it until 1938 when famous Yankees baseball player, Lou Gehrig, was diagnosed with the disorder. This came as a shock and heartbreak to all baseball fans, but also made ALS known worldwide. On July 4th 1939, Gehrig stood in front of thousands of fans and his own team to give the very well-renowned speech about his fortunate life thanks to baseball and how he has been “The Luckiest Man on the Face of the Earth.” Since his death in 1941, more research has been conducted and more information has surfaced, helping to move scientists to find different treatments and pushing them closer to finding a possible cure one day (ALS 2016).
There are three known types of ALS. The first and most common is called sporadic. This occurs in 90-95 percent of those diagnosed with ALS. The second type is named familial. Familial is not as common and is only inherited genetically. If a parent has the gene, the child is 50 percent more likely to carry the disorder (Gordon 2011). The last type, Guamanian, is seen only in Guam and the Trust Territories. The first case was discovered in the 1950s. This type does not affect those in the United States. The life span of an ALS patient slightly varies. From the diagnosis, half live at least three years and only 20 percent live five or more years. At most, 10 percent will live ten or more years…

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