ALS / Lou Gehrig's Disease Presented by Em Ellsmere
On Wednesday, May 25, 6 pm SLT or Thursday, May 26, 12:30 pm SLT
ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease) is a devastating progressive neurological condition. It can strike anyone, most often between the ages of 40-70. Veterans, particularly from the Gulf War, are twice as likely to develop ALS as the average citizen. This presentation will give an overview of ALS, and discuss the work of The ALS Association (http://www.alsa.org/about-als/what-is-als.html).
Em Ellsmere has worked for The ALS Association for 10 years as their Director of Digital Media. She came to work with the organization after being a grassroots volunteer and advocate in honor of a family member who was living with the disease. She brought The ALS Association into Second Life in January 2010 to help spread the Association's message to a new group and attempt to reach people living with the disease who may not be getting support in RL.
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