Students from Auburn University, Georgia State, University of Georgia, and other various colleges in the South along with other ALS advocates from all over the country will be jumping from 10,000 feet in Halloween costumes to bring awareness and to raise funds for ALS research.
ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a devastating disease affecting our motor neurons which control the very basics of our movement such as walking, talking, chewing, and even turning the keys to start our car. ALS damages these motor neurons leaving the body’s muscles small and weak to eventually a paralytic state all while maintaining brain functions. ALS is typically fatal within 3 to 5 years of diagnosis. There is no treatment and no cure.
All of the funds raised from the skydive will be donated to ALS Therapy Development Institute to support their on going mission to provide new technology to develop treatments and therapies for those affected by ALS.
Saturday, October 31, 2010
Those interested in jumping for ALS should contact Skydive Georgia to make a reservation. The contact number is (770) 684-3483 and talk to Tiffany.
About ALS TDI:
The mission of the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI) is to develop effective therapeutics that stop ALS as soon as possible. Focused on meeting this urgent unmet medical need, ALS TDI executes a robust discovery program, as well as a multi-pronged approach to validate potential therapeutics; including small molecules, protein biologics, gene therapies and cell-based constructs. The Institute’s unique, industrial-scale platform allows for the development and testing of dozens of potential therapeutics each year. Built by and for patients, the Institute is the world’s largest ALS research center and the only nonprofit biotechnology company with more than 30 professional scientists focused on a single disease indication. In addition, the Cambridge, Massachusetts based research Institute collaborates with leaders in both academia and industry.