Marching for ALS brings college marching bands together to raise awareness and funds in the fight against Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Each marching band selects one football game to dedicate their performance to those living with ALS.
The Eta Omicron chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi is pairing up with the Marching Royal Dukes to help defeat ALS! The MRDs will show their their JMU pride and dedication for the fight against ALS during their November 17 game!
Band members create their own fundraising web pages with the goal of getting all of their family and friends to donate and show their support. Funds raised through Marching for ALS go towards The ALS Association’s crucial patient services programs, research and Advocacy.
Just what is ALS?
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually lead to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.