PharPoint gives back to the community each month through our Working Together for Change campaign. Learn about The ALS Foundation, our sponsored non-profit for May.
Here at PharPoint Research, we value scientific credibility and innovation in our work, a hallmark that leads our team to product high quality outcomes for each of our projects. This commitment to excellence and professionalism is a promise we make to our clients and partners and is not simply a goal we strive for but a reality we live by.
In addition, each month PharPoint selects a non-profit to promote and support through raising funds and spreading awareness in our Working Together for Change campaign. This company-wide initiative grew from the PharPoint leadership philosophy of building a legacy for tomorrow as we serve community needs to the best of our ability. It is with these principles in mind that we chose to partner with The ALS Association for our May edition of Working Together for Change. As an organization with similar core values, we proudly support the mission of The ALS Association as they lead the fight to treat and cure ALS while empowering those with the disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support.
What exactly is ALS?
First identified in 1869 by French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from
the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to the death of the neurons. As the motor neurons die, the brain loses the ability to control muscle movement. As the disease progresses, voluntary muscle movements are gradually affected, leaving some people in the later stages of ALS completely paralyzed.
About The ALS Association
Established in 1985, The ALS Association is a non-profit health organization dedicated solely to the fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The ALS Association is organized into geographical chapters across the United States all working under an umbrella national charter and administration. Each chapter provides education, advocacy and essential services to ALS patients, their families and caregivers, while the national organization funds research and supports the cause as a whole.
As there is currently no known cure for ALS, large-scale research initiatives are at the forefront of The ALS Association’s mission, resulting in some of the greatest ALS discoveries
to date. Currently, the organization is funding close to 100 active research projects. In addition, The ALS Association is part of the global effort to find treatments and a cure for ALS. On a local level, the organization helps patients and families cope with the day to day challenges of living with ALS by providing information, resources and referrals to many sources, including a wide variety of community services. Find a chapter near you today!
What you can do to help
The ALS Association has committed $99 million to find effective treatments and a cure for Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Their global research effort has helped increase the number of scientists working on ALS, advanced new discoveries and treatments, and shed light on the complex genetic and environmental factors involved in ALS. Join PharPoint in donating to The ALS Association to advance research on this debilitating disease.
Unable to donate to the cause? No need to worry, there are plenty of other ways you can get involved in the fight against ALS. Sign up to join an ALS walk, host a bake sale or gather a group of friends to participate in the 2nd Annual Ice Bucket Challenge, the grassroot’s phenomenon designed to raise awareness and support to fight, treat and cure ALS.
We hope that you found this overview of ALS and The ALS Association helpful. PharPoint is proud to support The ALS Association throughout the month of May and the company will match each dollar donated by employees.
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