Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.
A-myo-trophic comes from the Greek language. "A" means no or negative. "Myo" refers to muscle, and "Trophic" means nourishment–"No muscle nourishment." When a muscle has no nourishment, it "atrophies" or wastes away. "Lateral" identifies the areas in a person's spinal cord where portions of the nerve cells that signal and control the muscles are located. As this area degenerates it leads to scarring or hardening ("sclerosis") in the region.
The ALS Association Golden West Chapter has earned a Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator!
They are proud to be a part of a very select group of high-performing charities who have earned the highest ranking to a charitable organization from America’s largest independent charity evaluator. Only 25% of evaluated charities receive this distinction, which recognizes sound fiscal management and a commitment to accountability and transparency.
Martin's Travel and Tours donates money from clients commissions to ALS says Susan Tanzman, president of Martin's Travel and Tours and director of the ALS Golden West Chapter. We are also one of the Chairpersons for the walk in Hawaii to support ALS patients.