About Lou Gehrig Day
Major League Baseball (MLB) announced the inaugural Lou Gehrig Day (LG4Day) will take place on June 2, 2021. This league-wide, annual event will honor New York Yankees' first baseman Lou Gehrig, otherwise known as the Iron Horse, and will help spread awareness of ALS.
Nearly 80 years after Lou Gehrig's death, ALS is still eponymous with the record-setting New York Yankee, who brought nationwide attention to the disease.
Currently, there are no effective cures or treatments to stop disease progression of ALS. That's why researchers at the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI) are working hard each day to find ALS treatments.
WHAT IS LOU GEHRIG'S DISEASE?
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord. This results in the wasting away of muscle, loss of movement and eventual paralysis. There are an estimated 30,000 people living with ALS in the United States at any given time. Every 90 minutes, someone is diagnosed with ALS.
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