Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Board of Directors and staff of the ALS Association Northern New England Chapter (ALSANNE), would like to take this opportunity, during National Volunteer Week, to thank the hundreds of volunteers who have contributed their time and efforts to improve the lives of those living with ALS. ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrigs Disease, is a fatal neuromuscular disease that affects approximately 30,000 Americans each year. Many ALS patients in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont benefit from the services and programs provided by the Chapter. Whether they serve on a special events committee, assist in the office, facilitate support groups, or help raise public awareness, volunteers play a key role in the Chapters ability to meet the needs of more than 150 people with ALS in our tri-state region. The ALS Association, dedicated to fighting on every front to improve life for those living with ALS, focuses on three areas of expertise and commitment: research to find a cure, advocacy at the highest levels of government, and comprehensive care and support services for all people living with Lou Gehrigs disease. The Chapter couldnt do this without the support and efforts of its many volunteers. Gary Sullivan President, Board of Directors

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