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
www.alsa-midamerica.org or call 417-886-5003.