All American Bingo is working as a Community Partner with the ALS Association.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a degenerative, neuromuscular disease that strikes without warning and without family history. There is no known cure or effective treatment for this devastating illness. As this disease progresses, a person's body can become completely paralyzed while the mind and senses remain unaffected. The financial cost to the families of persons with ALS can be up to $200,000 a year. The emotional burden is incalculable. ALS is fatal usually within two to five years after diagnosis.
During 2010, The Association served over 843 patients and their families. The Association provides patients and families with respite care, equipment loan, family mentor, augmentative communication and assistive technology programs; nutritional supplement, transportation and emergency assistance.
The Association has provided information and education to over 2,000 in the medical community through healthcare newsletters, in-services, seminars and various mailings. The ALS Association St. Louis Regional Chapter provides programs and services, free of charge, to ALS patients and their families in Eastern Missouri as well as Central andSouthern Illinois.