The Story Behind the Story: ALS Ice Bucket Challenge:
Source Newsroom: Stony Brook University
People are throwing ice water over their heads for ALS; videos are popping up all over on Twitter, Facebook and Youtube, even hosts at Morning TV Show are filling up their buckets for the cause. But does the public really know what ALS is? What do those three letters stand for? What are the symptoms of ALS? Or what it’s like living with this disease?
Stony Brook University Hospital as some of the leading experts in the region on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease), who are available to discuss this devastating neuromuscular disease, why awareness like this challenge is important and where we are with finding a cure. Chris Pendergast, a 21-year ALS patient and advocate, and Founder and President of the Ride for Life, is also a patient at Stony Brook University Hospital. He is the namesake for the Stony Brook University Neuromuscular Disease and Christopher Pendergast ALS Center of Excellence, and can discuss his experience with the disease.
The Stony Brook University Neuromuscular Disease and Christopher Pendergast ALS Center of Excellence - An ALS Association Certified Center provides comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for patients of all ages with neuromuscular disorders. It is not always clear what causes neuromuscular diseases, although genetics and immune system disorders are thought to play a role. Symptoms such as cramps, pain, weakness, muscle wasting, numbness and difficulty moving can be frightening, but we are here to help.
This certified ALS Center of Excellence is the only one of its kind on Long Island. The Center is known for their level of expertise in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease), neuropathy, myopathy, myasthenia gravis, and more. Their goal is to provide best-in-class care while decreasing your symptoms, increasing your mobility, and improving your quality of life. We will do so in an environment of compassion and mutual respect.