Centenary College Baseball Partners with The ALS Association Louisiana Chapter
Monday, March 9, 2009

BATON ROUGE, La – On Tuesday, March 10, 2009 The Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association Louisiana Chapter and the Centenary Baseball team will team up for the first year this spring to promote awareness and help support local patient services with LOU GEHRIG DAY AT CENTENARY. The event will be held in conjunction with the Centenary College vs. Arkansas home game, beginning at 6:00pm.

The ALS Association Louisiana Chapter will disperse information on the organization and facts about the Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The organization will also offer game attendees the opportunity to support the organization by selling "Strike Out ALS" car magnets, "Fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease" wristbands, and sell raffle tickets for a chance to win an official autographed Curt Schilling Boston Red Sox Baseball. The organization will also be throwing out Walk to Defeat ALS™ T-shirts during the 7th inning stretch.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, named for the baseball great that died of the disease. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease and can strike anyone. Every day 15 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with ALS. Every 90 minutes an ALS patient dies.

"The ALS Association Louisiana Chapter is honored to have the Centenary Baseball Team join us in our efforts," Kelly Hutson Viator, executive director of the Louisiana Chapter, said. "Our organizations play a major role in increasing public awareness about Lou Gehrig’s disease in the effort to provide more funding for patient services and research."

Tickets may be purchased by visiting http://arkansasrazorbacks.com.

About The ALS Association Louisiana Chapter

The ALS Association Louisiana Chapter was founded in April, 2005 to serve the needs of those living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and their caregivers. The ALS Association is the only national not-for-profit health organization dedicated solely to the fight against ALS. The ALS Association covers all the bases – research,

patient and community services, public education, and advocacy – in providing help and hope to those facing the disease. The ALS Association (National Office and the Louisiana Chapter) operates under a shared mission: to help people living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and to leave no stone unturned in search for the cure.

There is no known cause or cure for ALS. Approximately 5-10% of the cases are genetically acquired with the remaining 90-95% cases are sporadic and have no known cause. People often die from the disease two to five years after the onset of symptoms, but can live as long as 20 years, sometimes on life support. ALS affects adults of all ages. Currently more than 30,000 Americans suffer from the disease and 5,600 new cases are diagnosed each year. In the area that The ALS Association, Louisiana Chapter encompasses, there are approximately 300 individuals [1], statistically, who have the disease, approximately 92, only 30.7 percent of those individuals, are receiving services from The ALS Association, Louisiana Chapter. For more information, contact Kelli Richmond at (225) 343-9880, toll free at (800) 891-3746 or e-mail kellirichmond@alsalouisiana.org



ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a neuromuscular disease that paralyzes the body while leaving the mind unaffected. The nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord die, causing progressive muscle weakness and atrophy in the arms, legs, throat and ultimately the lungs.