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					Never Give Up


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  By Anna W.
   Period 5     Lou Gehrig
                 ALS
 Form of a Motor Neuron Disease
 Effects and kills Motor Neurons,
 nerve cells in the central nervous
 system
 Ruins voluntary muscle movement
 IS fatal
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              Diagram
 Normal neuron and Muscle
   Healthy neuron
 ALS affected muscle
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   Thin decaying myelin
   Wasted muscle
            SYMPTOMS
 Early Symptoms
   Weak muscles
   Slurred speech
 Later Symptoms
   Unable to stand or walk
   Cannot preform manual tasks
   Loss of speech and swalloing
               Who gets it
 ALS is not contagious
 About 30,000 people have ALS in the US
   Few thousand diagnosis in the Bay Area
 FALS (familial ALS) is genetic
   10% of adult ALS onsets is hereditary
 Ages 40-60 mostly get ALS
   Occationally aged 20
                  KK
 My grandmother who was
  diagnosed with ALS
 She has to be helped with
  everything
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                                    My Inspiration
 KK inspired me to do my HDP on ALS
 Whenever I think of her it reminds me,
  things in my life could be worse, and to
  never give up.
 Learning about ALS brought me a lot
  closer to my grandmother, who won’t be
  around for much longer because usually
  ALS kills you in 5-7 years, KK is in her forth
  year.
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 Not much at all is known about ALS, Lou
   Gehrig’s disease at the moment.
         Not the cause . . .
         Or the cure.
 But more is being discovered everyday,
  so someday there will be a cure.
 I want to help scientists find it,

                                     And I’ll never give up.
                                       (Never Give Up is the ALS
                                         Association’s slogan)

				
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