HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, is a fatal, neurodegenerative disease that attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. People with ALS lose their ability to move, speak, swallow and eventually the ability to breathe, while all five senses continue to function normally. ALS can strike anyone, at any time. It knows no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries, though military veterans are at twice the risk of the general population. The average life expectancy of a person with ALS is two to five years from diagnosis. At this time, there is no known cause and no known cure.
The mission of The ALS Association is to discover treatments and a cure for ALS, and to serve, advocate for, and empower people affected by ALS to live their lives to the fullest.to lead the fight to treat and cure ALS through global research and nationwide advocacy while also empowering people with Lou Gehrig's disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support. The Golden West Chapter serves people with ALS and their families in Hawaii and 31 counties in California.
The Royal Hawaiian celebrates its milestone 90th Anniversary at a special Gala event reminiscent of Opening Day in 1927 this Friday, March 3 in the resort's historic Monarch Room. Themed "The Night They Opened The Royal," the event is a benefit for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease) Association in Hawaii. It has been a privilege to partner with the Royal Hawaiian for their 90th Anniversary Gala this Friday, March 3, 2017. We are honored to celebrate this important milestone, along with the many successes achieved on behalf of the ALS community in Hawai`i . Proceeds will benefit the ALS community in Hawaii.
The Royal Hawaiian's 90th Anniversary Gala this Friday, March 3, 2017. The event is SOLD OUT, however you can now preview and bid on our fabulous auction items online and make a gift in support! Proceeds will benefit the ALS community in Hawaii. Register and place your bids today at: www.ALSHawaii-RHGala.org
In additional to this event, The Charlie Wedemeyer Fund is an annual campaign to support The ALS Association Golden West Chapter's programs and services for people living with ALS in Hawaii. Until recently, people with ALS in Hawaii and their families faced scarce local care and support services to address their daily challenges. In 2014, The ALS Association Golden West Chapter began officially serving Hawaii. Since that time, we've provided many individuals and their families with access to support groups, in-home care manager visits and consultations, coordinated care with medical providers, and loans of essential medical equipment. In February of 2016, we celebrated the opening of Hawaii's first ALS multidisciplinary clinic at Kuakini Physicians Tower. Since that time, we've provided many individuals and their families with access to support groups, in-home care manager visits and consultations, coordinated care with medical providers, and loans of essential medical equipment. With Lucy Wedemeyer's blessing, The Charlie Wedemeyer Fund was established to support the funding of these critically important programs and services for Hawaii's ALS Ohana.