Advocacy, Public Policy, and Awareness
Your support for the Walk to Defeat ALS® is making a difference across the country, including in our nation's capital, Washington, DC. That's because funds raised by the Walk enable us to tell the ALS story on Capitol Hill and enact policies that advance ALS research, expand access to care and improve the lives of people with ALS and their families nationwide. In fact, thanks to your support of the Walk, we have:
* Generated more than $650 million in government funding for ALS research over the past 10 years;
* Waived the 24-month Medicare waiting period for people with ALS,
the only time Congress has ever amended this law;
* Secured unprecented benefits for veterans with ALS and their survivors; and
* Enacted the ALS Registry Act to launch what may become the single largest ALS research project ever created.
However, much more must be done in the fight against this horrific disease. So when you're at the Walk this year, please stop by the advocacy table and sign a letter to your elected officials urging them to support our top public policy priorities; to support people with ALS.
The Walk isn't your only opportunity to help. In less than two minutes, you can become an ALS Advocate and learn what you can do to make a difference throughout the year. Just visit the Advocacy Action Center of our website, and sign up today. By doing so, you can help increase funding for research, improve care and truly make a difference in the lives of everyone who has been touched by this disease. Sign up now! and together we can continue to create the roadmap that will lead us to a treatment and cure!
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