Assemblyman Steve Katz, R-Yorktown, presented a legislative resolution to the Greater New York Chapter of the ALS Association this weekend at their 9th Annual Westchester Walk to Defeat ALS at Tibbets Brook Park in Yonkers.
Commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis is a progressive neurodegenerative disease, for which there is no cure or means of control. Every year, roughly 5,600 Americans are diagnosed with the disease. To raise awareness for the disease, as well as funding for research, Katz participated in the walk with an estimated 800 others. The annual event raises more than $150,000 for ALS research.
Additionally, Katz’s resolution commemorates the 72nd anniversary of baseball legend Lou Gehrig’s farewell speech at Yankee Stadium and recognizes the ongoing efforts of Major League Baseball to support ALS research by hosting on-field readings of Gehrig’s speech at every game played across the country this Independence Day.
The Greater New York Chapter of the ALS Association has been a leading chapter fighting for an ALS cure and supporting those diagnosed with this degenerative disease and their families for the past 17 years. To learn more about ALS or for support or assistance, please contact the Greater New York Chapter’s website at www.als-ny.org.