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ALS Light of Hope Ceremony May 21

ALS Light of Hope Ceremony May 21

The ALS Association Mid-America Chapter and Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) will host the first-ever Light of Hope ceremony in West Plains. The local ALS community will honor those who have lost their battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and celebrate those fighting the disease now at a special event on Thursday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m., at People’s Park.

The event will include a candle lighting ceremony and presentations from leaders at OMC.

The candle lighting ceremony is a special service to honor people living with ALS and those who have passed away, as well as caregivers, volunteers and others who have dedicated themselves to the fight against ALS. Those in attendance will share stories, enjoy a sense of community and help spread awareness about ALS.

ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Motor neurons traveling from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body begin to degenerate. This degeneration is what eventually leads to people’s death. When the motor neurons die the brain is no longer able to control the muscle movement throughout the body. People in the later stages of this disease can become paralyzed and are therefore completely dependent upon their caregivers.

The ALS Association is the only national non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease on every front. By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified clinical care centers and fostering government partnerships, the Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure.

The Mid-America Chapter of The ALS Association offers a variety of direct services to people living with ALS and their families in Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska, including consultation from a team of professionals, connection to resources and referrals, support groups, informational materials, equipment loan and more.

OMC is home to an ALS Association Recognized Treatment Center, a multidisciplinary clinic with specialized care for people with ALS. For more information about OMC’s ALS Clinic, call 417-257-6777. For more information about The ALS Association, visit or call 417-886-5003.

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