Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 2021, as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Awareness Month in the State of New York

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Senate Resolution No. 703

BY: Senator RIVERA

MEMORIALIZING Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim
May 2021, as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Awareness
Month in New York State

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to help increase
awareness of serious health conditions that affect the lives of citizens
of New York State; and

WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its
long-standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 2021, as
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Awareness Month in the State of New York,
in conjunction with the observance of National ALS Advocacy Month; and

WHEREAS, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), sometimes called Lou
Gehrig's disease, is a progressive disease that attacks the nerve cells
that control voluntary movement; and

WHEREAS, In ALS, both the upper motor neurons and the lower motor
neurons degenerate or die, ceasing to send messages to muscles; unable
to function, the muscles gradually weaken, waste away, and twitch;
eventually the ability of the brain to start and control voluntary
movement is lost; and

WHEREAS, Once ALS starts, it almost always progresses, eventually
taking away the ability to walk, dress, write, speak, swallow, and
breathe, and shortening the life span; and

WHEREAS, ALS is 100% fatal and has few treatments to improve the
quality of life; and

WHEREAS, There are two different types of ALS, sporadic and
familial; sporadic, which is the most common form of the disease in the
U.S., is 90 - 95 percent of all cases; it may affect anyone, anywhere;
familial ALS (FALS) accounts for 5 to 10 percent of all cases in the
U.S. and means the disease is inherited; and

WHEREAS, Most people who develop ALS are between the ages of 40 and
75, with the majority after age 60, although it can occur at a younger
age; and

WHEREAS, Approximately 5,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with
ALS each year; the incidence of ALS is two per 100,000 people; and

WHEREAS, It is estimated that more than 30,000 Americans may be
living with ALS at any given time; and

WHEREAS, Most surveys find that ALS is more common in men than
women, though that gap may be closing; in addition, military veterans
are approximately twice as likely to develop ALS; and

WHEREAS, ALS occurs throughout the world with no obvious racial,
ethnic or socioeconomic boundaries; and

WHEREAS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Awareness Month increases the
public's awareness of ALS patients' circumstances and acknowledges the
terrible impact this disease has not only on patients but on their
families as well; and

WHEREAS, The National ALS Registry was created by Congress in 2008,
to gather and organize information about who gets ALS and the potential
causes of ALS; the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
(ATSDR) is charged with developing and managing the Registry; and

WHEREAS, The National ALS Registry collects, manages and analyzes
data about persons with ALS; it includes data from existing national
databases and information provided by persons with ALS who choose to
participate; and

WHEREAS, In addition, researchers can use Registry data to look for
disease pattern changes over time and try to identify whether there are
common risk factors among persons with ALS; the Registry also provides
updated links for participant resources like ALS clinical trials; and

WHEREAS, Scientists need the assistance of New Yorkers living with
ALS to further their research into the causes of the disease, and help
scientists defeat ALS; and

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to encourage those
New Yorkers who live with ALS to join the Registry online at the Center
for Disease Control's Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry;

WHEREAS, It is imperative that there be greater awareness of this
serious health condition, and more must be done to increase activity at
the local, State and National levels; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 2021, as
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Awareness Month in the State of New York;
and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of
New York.


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