May is ALS awareness month. Last year, millions of people, including National Life’s senior leadership team, took the Ice Bucket Challenge to help find a cure. $115 million dollars was raised that supported six programs and initiatives to expedite the search for treatments and a cure. Currently there is no cure and treatment is limited.
ALS is a progressive motor neuron disease. It causes muscle weakness and gradually impacts the functioning of the body, leading to death. The average lifespan after diagnosis is 3 to 5 years. According to the ALS Association, every 90 minutes someone is diagnosed with and someone passes away from ALS. There are approximately 30,000 Americans living with ALS right now.
Robert Curry, a National Life policy holder, former National Life agent and Navy Veteran, was diagnosed with ALS. View his powerful story to gain a deeper understanding of ALS and the challenges of living with this disease.