May is ALS Awareness Month. Recently, in the news we have read the inspiring story of physicist Stephen Hawking, who was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 1963. He passed away recently and what a brave man. The average life expectancy of a person living with ALS is two to five years, after diagnosis.

ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects people of all ages, causing them to lose the ability to speak, eat, walk, move and breathe. There is no cure, but there is hope. There are research programs whose main goal is to find a cure.

The ALS Association has a new slogan, “Raise Your Voice: Together, We Will Be Heard.” This is my voice, because there are others who have lost their voice to this dreaded disease.

Please visit the ALS Association website at www.alsa.org for more information and ways you can help.