May is National ALS Awareness Month and it's no secret that many of us at Innoplast have been touched by this disease in one way or another. In 2013 and 2014 we were proud to contribute to the Northern Ohio Chapter of the ALS Association during our 1% in November campaign, this year we're excited to add a second 1% month to our calendar. We'll be donating 1% of sales from the month of May to the Northern Ohio Chapter of the ALS Association. The ALS Association provides a range of practical services to patients and families from assistance finding affordable medical devises to support and respite care for caregivers. As there is currently no cure for this disease, a part of this donation will also go to funding research for treatment and providing hope to the approximately 15 people that are diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's Disease every single day.
Although scientists have made significant strides in their understanding of the disease there are still no effective treatments for ALS, but most families will still be saddled with an average of $250,000 in out of pocket medical expenses to care for their loved ones. A huge burden that ALSA is able to help lighten by offering families access to a medical equipment loan closet to provide patients with daily living and mobility equipment. Due to the success of the Ice Bucket Challenge, The Northern Ohio Chapter is also able to offer care grants to help offset these costs and improve the quality of life for those facing this disease.
It's easy to think that this disease won't touch us or our loved ones if you have no family history, but ninety percent of those diagnosed have no family history of ALS. And although we aren't sure why, we do know that those who have served our country through military service are twice as likely to be diagnosed. ALS can show up in the most unexpected of places, cutting short lives in their prime. We hope that you'll join us in supporting the Northern Ohio Chapter of the ALS Association, either through purchasing from Innoplast this month or making a direct donation here.
If you'd like to participate in some of the chapter's upcoming fundraising events you can check out the dates for local Walk to Defeat ALS events as well as information on the 2016 Strike Out! ALS Gala & Auction here.