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Tomorrow is an ALS-Free Day

Molly A.

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Every day, 15 people in the United States are diagnosed with a disease called ALS. ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) is a fatal disease in which neurons that control muscle movement die off. The infected loses control of all parts of their body except for their mind. People with ALS usually live only 2-5 years after diagnosis. These people don’t have the chance to live their lives like they want to. This begs the question: What if we could give people with ALS the life they deserve to live? While a cure for ALS is currently not known, ALS stems from one place: the nervous system. If we were to replace the dead neurons with an artificial tissue that could send messages from the brain, we could stop the degeneration of muscle tissues in the body. When I look towards the future, I see a place without ALS; a place where people can live their lives like they want to. This is tomorrowland.