WHY YOU SHOULD 
CARE ABOUT ALS 
hint: it’s not about buckets of ice
We all know what this is don’t we?
Even the celebrities are doing it.
But how much do you 
really know 
ABOUT 
ALS?
More than 12,000 cases 
in the US alone. 
Source: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Most ALS patients 
WITHIN 
DIE 
5 YEARS 
OF DIAGNOSIS 
Source: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
There is no test for it. 
& There is no cure.
What it stands for: 
Amyotrophic L ateral S clerosis 
i.e. a neurodegenerative disease with various causes
Person without ALS: 
Upper Motor Neurons 
connected to 
Lower Motor Neurons 
connected to 
Muscle 
everything works
Person with ALS: 
Upper Motor Neurons 
degenerated 
Lower Motor Neurons 
degenerated 
Muscle 
loss of function
What could happen 
in ‘sciencey’ terms 
dysphagia/dyspnea dysarthria 
muscle spasticity 
muscle atrophy 
muscle atrophy 
m...
What could happen 
in non ‘sciencey’ terms 
you can’t speak properly 
your muscles lose function 
you have trouble in the ...
Imagine if you couldn’t: 
Eat Breathe 
Walk 
Talk 
Button Your Shirt 
Kiss your loved one 
Use the bathroom Image Source: ...
No more.. 
Walking by the beach 
Saying “I love you” 
Munching on your fries 
Taking a supreme dump 
Meeting up with frien...
It’s that scary.
Yet some people live with it 
EVERY DAMN DAY 
Watch Anthony Carbajal’s message.
suffers from ALS 
image from Wikimedia Commons 
Stephen Hawking 
renowned cosmologist
More ice is fine. 
But remember why 
the challenge exists.
The ALS Association has seen 
*739,000 new donors. 
ALS 
Read NY Times article here 
*as at 21 August 2014
Will you help as well?
Visit alsa.org 
donate and help further ALS research
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  1. 1. WHY YOU SHOULD CARE ABOUT ALS hint: it’s not about buckets of ice
  2. 2. We all know what this is don’t we?
  3. 3. Even the celebrities are doing it.
  4. 4. But how much do you really know ABOUT ALS?
  5. 5. More than 12,000 cases in the US alone. Source: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
  6. 6. Most ALS patients WITHIN DIE 5 YEARS OF DIAGNOSIS Source: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
  7. 7. There is no test for it. & There is no cure.
  8. 8. What it stands for: Amyotrophic L ateral S clerosis i.e. a neurodegenerative disease with various causes
  9. 9. Person without ALS: Upper Motor Neurons connected to Lower Motor Neurons connected to Muscle everything works
  10. 10. Person with ALS: Upper Motor Neurons degenerated Lower Motor Neurons degenerated Muscle loss of function
  11. 11. What could happen in ‘sciencey’ terms dysphagia/dyspnea dysarthria muscle spasticity muscle atrophy muscle atrophy muscle atrophy
  12. 12. What could happen in non ‘sciencey’ terms you can’t speak properly your muscles lose function you have trouble in the toilet you can’t eat or breathe properly you can’t feel your arms you can’t walk
  13. 13. Imagine if you couldn’t: Eat Breathe Walk Talk Button Your Shirt Kiss your loved one Use the bathroom Image Source: ALS Society of Manitoba anymore..
  14. 14. No more.. Walking by the beach Saying “I love you” Munching on your fries Taking a supreme dump Meeting up with friends Hugging someone
  15. 15. It’s that scary.
  16. 16. Yet some people live with it EVERY DAMN DAY Watch Anthony Carbajal’s message.
  17. 17. suffers from ALS image from Wikimedia Commons Stephen Hawking renowned cosmologist
  18. 18. More ice is fine. But remember why the challenge exists.
  19. 19. The ALS Association has seen *739,000 new donors. ALS Read NY Times article here *as at 21 August 2014
  20. 20. Will you help as well?
  21. 21. Visit alsa.org donate and help further ALS research
  22. 22. THOUGHT THIS WAS COOL? SHARE!
  23. 23. Wanna work together? We’re game.
  24. 24. fb.com/slidecomet @slidecomet info@slidecomet.com
  25. 25. Want to keep this? (not the ice) TO DOWNLOAD SHARE

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