WHEREAS, ALS occurs in adulthood, most commonly between the ages of 40 and 70 years of age, with the most common age of onset being in the fifties; and
WHEREAS, ALS affects both men and women without bias and throughout the world with no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries; and
WHEREAS, annually, more that 5,000 new ALS patients are diagnosed throughout the nation; and
WHEREAS, ALS has no known cause, prevention, treatment, or cure; and
WHEREAS, many other well-known people have been known to have ALS, including former Vice President Henry Wallace, Senator Jacob Javits, Hall of Fame pitcher Jim "Catfish" Hunter, and the creator of Sesame Street, Jon Stone; and
WHEREAS, ALS Awareness Month is observed in May in the United States; and
WHEREAS, ALS Awareness Month is a campaign launched to raise awareness and funds to find a cure for ALS; and
WHEREAS, during ALS Awareness Month, a National ALS Advocacy Day is held when advocates go to Washington, D.C., to urge congress to support measures to find treatments and a cure for ALS;
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky:
Section 1. The members of the House of Representatives, both individually and collectively, encourage awareness of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Section 2. The Clerk of the House of Representatives shall transmit a copy of this Resolution to Representative Tanya Pullin for delivery.