On a recent beautiful autumn Saturday, nearly 1500 volunteers in the Albuquerque community raised over $150,000 to support ALS research. A team of caregivers at Companion Care, along with their family members, were a part of this effort, contributing $1,500 to the goal. The owners of Companion Care, Janet and Paula Schuh, also donated all the water for the walkers to keep them hydrated during the September 28th event.

 

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.

 

Companion Care has been a supporter of the ALS Association for a number of years. We have a personal interest in finding a cure for this disease, as several of our clients have ALS.

 

We would like extend a sincere thank you to all the Companion Care family who raised money and made donations to this very worthwhile effort.

 

If you would like more information on ALS or would like to make a donation, please visit www.alsa.org.