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Just so everyone is aware, there is a bunch of misleading info being spread around re: ALS research - the “27%” figure is based on previous years’ annual funding; furthermore, the remainder goes to improving the quality of life of those suffering from ALS. Given that the annual funding is approximately 16M, that’s just over 4M spent on decreasing their suffering. It isn’t greed, it’s a lack of money.”

Shut up already.

The ALS Association has a 4-star rating from Charity Watchdog. 

And the next time you start to complain about a charity either a) working on multiple fronts (because that’s what ALSA does—both seeking a cure and helping people suffering now) or b) daring to have administration expenses—let’s see how long you can last, much less tackle a cause, without printer paper and an internet connection. 

As someone who has watched a family member die from a neuro-degenerative disease; funding to develop better wheelchairs and bedsore creams is *just* as important as funding research to cure the disease itself…

Folks gotta realize that finding a “cure” for degenerative illnesses doesn’t one hit KO the effects of the disease from the lives of people who suffer from it. Stopping a disease before it can do extensive damage to otherwise healthy people who have only recently been diagnosed is one thing, reversing extensive tissue damage in the neurons of people who have been living with it for quite a while is something else completely. For the people who are already in an advanced stage of the illness, funding that goes towards improving their quality of life is so much more beneficial than a cure.

It’s not the same thing as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, but my mom and brother both have Multiple Sclerosis. My mom’s had it since before I was born, my brother was diagnosed within the last five years. My mom hasn’t been able to walk since I was three, and you wouldn’t know my brother had anything wrong with him at all right now. Funding that goes into finding a cure for MS is important because the years of medical advances have completely changed how the disease will effect my brother compared to how it effected my mom, but if they came out with a cure tomorrow my mom would still not be able to walk. Funding for MS that goes towards concerns of mobility, community, and comfort is important for people who have and will continue to live with the disease regardless of what the status of a “cure” is.

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