Iowans who are fighting ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, can get some help for themselves and their family members through an effort being launched by the ALS Association’s Iowa Chapter. Spokeswoman Sarah Loghry says the Volunteer Family Assistance Program pairs volunteers from all over the state with families affected by ALS, and more volunteers are needed.
Those with ALS generally live only two to five years after diagnosis. It’s a progressive disease that attacks the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control muscle movement. ALS robs you of your ability to walk, to talk, to eat, and ultimately to breathe.
Some volunteers have lost a friend or family member to the disease and they see participation in the program as a way of honoring that person they’ve lost.
Each volunteer will go through an interview, reference and background check before working with a family in their area. To learn more, visit: www.alsaiowa.org