May 4, 2010
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The men's and women's tennis teams took part in their fourth consecutive Walk to Defeat ALS on Saturday, May 1 on the University of Alabama campus. The teams were among hundreds of participants that came out to help raise awareness for ALS.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, is a progressive, neurodegenerative disease for which there is no cure. It is estimated to affect 400 people in the state of Alabama alone. ALS patients are usually given a life expectancy of two to five years at the time of diagnosis.
The ALS Association is the largest nation-wide organization dedicated to helping people with Lou Gehrig's Disease. Nearly 90 percent of the money raised from the walks stays in Alabama to provide patient services throughout the state. The rest of the money is used on a national level for research and advocacy.