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SCR-141 Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Awareness Month.(2017-2018)

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Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 141
CHAPTER 88

Relative to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Awareness Month.

[ Filed with Secretary of State  June 05, 2018. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SCR 141, Moorlach. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Awareness Month.
This measure would proclaim the month of May 2018 as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Awareness Month in California, and would encourage continued research in order to find treatments and eventually a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, was first identified in 1869 and its cause, cure, and means of control are still unknown; and
WHEREAS, Recent years have generated new scientific understanding regarding the physiology of the disease; and
WHEREAS, Anyone can get ALS, which selectively destroys the motor neurons in the nervous system and, in its progression, the patient loses the ability to move, speak, swallow, and eventually breathe, while the mind remains unaffected and alert; and
WHEREAS, ALS is usually diagnosed between 40 and 70 years of age; and
WHEREAS, American military veterans have a higher incidence of ALS than the general population; and
WHEREAS, ALS is responsible for nearly two deaths per every 100,000 people. Each year, over 5,300 people in the United States are newly diagnosed and can expect a life expectancy, on average, from two to five years from the time of diagnosis; and
WHEREAS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Awareness Month increases public awareness of ALS and acknowledges the terrible impact this disease has, not only on patients, but on patients’ families as well, and recognizes the need for ALS research and for quality treatment, care, and support of patients and families living with ALS; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, the Assembly thereof concurring, That the Legislature of the State of California hereby proclaims the month of May 2018 as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Awareness Month in California; and be it further
Resolved, That the Legislature encourages continued research in order to find treatments and eventually a cure for ALS and care and support for patients and families; and be it further
Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.