Warrior Fund for ALS Research
Warrior Dash runners please donate to
Keith Wilson Warrior Fund for ALS Research!
brother Keith Wilson was
a true warrior. Like all the people
afflicted with this dreadful disease, Keith fought his battle
courageously. Keith died in 2009 at 52 years old. He loved his family,
the ranch, staying fit, and was an advocate for the ALS
Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI) and their world
leading research to find effective
treatments for Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS). So we thought we'd combine
our efforts with the Warrior Dash Obstacle Race and ALS TDI.
how you can help: donate to the
Wilson Warrior Fund.
What is ALS?
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease) is a
progressive neurodegenerative disease that leads to paralysis, due to
the death of motor neurons in the spinal cord and brain. There is no
known cure for the disease. About 5,000 people in the US are diagnosed
with ALS each year; the incidence is similar to multiple sclerosis.
However, with no effective treatment, the average patient survives only
two to five years following diagnosis. There are about 30,000 people in
the US diagnosed with ALS today. The worldwide population of ALS
patients is estimated at 450,000.
ALS Therapy Development Institute
mission of the ALS
Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI) is to
develop effective therapeutics that slow or stop amyotrophic lateral
sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease) as soon as possible for patients
today. The world's first nonprofit biotech institute, ALS TDI has
developed an industrial-scale platform, employs 30 professional
scientists and evaluates dozens of potential therapeutics each year.
Built by and for patients, the Cambridge, Massachusetts based research
institute collaborates with leaders in both academia and industry to
accelerate ALS therapeutic development.