LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Contact representatives about funding ALS research

Thursday, July 26, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

I am writing to encourage Missouri and Illinois residents to help play a role in advancing research for a cure for ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. ALS is a fatal disease that robs the body of voluntary muscle control until the simple act of breathing becomes impossible. This devastating illness strikes without warning, and unfortunately to this day, there is no cure or treatment. It is estimated that as many as 30,000 Americans, many here in our own community, may be courageously battling this disease.