ALS Awareness Month

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ALS Awareness Month
Date(s)
Years active
  • Canada: 28
  • United States: 26
Inaugurated
  • Canada: 1990[3]
  • United States: 1992[2]

ALS Awareness Month is a campaign to spread awareness of and raise funds for research for a cure for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

Canada[edit]

In Canada, June has been declared as ALS Awareness Month by the Canadian Minister of Health.[1] In 2015, it was recognized by the House of Commons.[4]

United States[edit]

In the United States, the campaign is observed every year in the month of May.[5] It is recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.[6]

Advocacy[edit]

During this month, the ALS Association sponsors the National ALS Advocacy Day and Public Policy Conference and leads a delegation of people with ALS, their caregivers and other advocates to Capitol Hill to urge legislators to support measures to help find treatments and a cure.[citation needed] Other organizations, including the ALS Therapy Development Institute and the Les Turner ALS Foundation have their own initiatives.

Postage stamp[edit]

In 2008, the ALS Association created a commemorative U.S. postage stamp to promote ALS Awareness Month through Zazzle.[7]

Individual states[edit]

Georgia[edit]

In 2003, Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue declared May to be ALS Awareness Month in the state.[8] He repeated this action in 2011. In addition, Governor Nathan Deal in 2012, 2013,[9] and 2014.[10] In 2016, Governor Deal declared January 26 to be ALS Awareness Day in Georgia.[11]

Massachusetts[edit]

In 2016, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker declared May to be ALS Awareness Month in the state.[12]

Minnesota[edit]

In 2012, 2013, and 2014, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton declared May to ALS Awareness Month in the state.[13][14][15]

North Dakota[edit]

In both May 2014 and May 2016, the Governor of North Dakota issued proclamations declaring May to be ALS Awareness Month in the state.[16][17]

Ohio[edit]

On January 13, 2012, the 129th General Assembly of Ohio designated the month of May as ALS Awareness Month for the state.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Aglukkaq, Leona (June 2010). "ALS Awareness Month (Lou Gehrig's Disease)". Health Canada. Archived from the original on January 11, 2013. Retrieved March 30, 2012.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ a b "20th Anniversary of ALS Awareness Month: MDA to Honor 31 Americans". Muscular Dystrophy Association. May 3, 2011. Archived from the original on July 18, 2011. Retrieved March 30, 2012.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ "June brings about another ALS awareness month". ALS Society of Canada. June 6, 2011. Retrieved March 30, 2012.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ "ALS Awareness | ALS Canada". www.als.ca. Retrieved 2016-07-07. 
  5. ^ "Announcements: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Awareness Month – May 2011". Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. May 6, 2011. Retrieved March 29, 2012.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  6. ^ "ALS Awareness Month 2016". CDC Blogs. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved 2016-07-07. 
  7. ^ "New ALS Awareness Month Postage Stamp Now On Sale". The ALS Association. May 1, 2008. Retrieved March 30, 2012.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  8. ^ "ALS Awareness Month Proclamation 2003" (PDF). Georgia.gov. 
  9. ^ "ALS Awareness Month 2013" (PDF). Georgia.gov. 
  10. ^ "ALS Awareness Month 2014" (PDF). Georgia.gov. 
  11. ^ "ALS Awareness Day 2016" (PDF). Georgia.gov. 
  12. ^ "ALS Awareness Month 2016". mass.gov. 
  13. ^ "ALS Awareness Month 2012" (PDF). mn.gov. 
  14. ^ "ALS Awareness Month 2013" (PDF). mn.gov. 
  15. ^ "ALS Awareness Month 2014" (PDF). mn.gov. 
  16. ^ "Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Awareness Month | North Dakota Office of the Governor". governor.nd.gov. Retrieved 2016-07-07. 
  17. ^ "ALS Awareness Month | North Dakota Office of the Governor". governor.nd.gov. Retrieved 2016-07-07. 
  18. ^ "5.2267 ALS Awareness Month". Codes.ohio.gov. Retrieved March 30, 2012.  External link in |publisher= (help)

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