On World ALS Day, June 21, 2012, the ALS Therapy Development Institute launched "ALS Postcards" as part of an international effort to raise awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) — known as motor neurone disease, or MND, in most parts of the world.
The interactive ALS Postcards project shares the stories of health professionals, scientists and patient advocates around the world who are working to more effectively treat, care for and support people with ALS.
Based in Cambridge, Mass., the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI) is a nonprofit biotechnology organization dedicated to developing effective treatments for ALS. MDA has partnered with ALS TDI to launch the largest drug discovery project in ALS to date.
The first five profiles on ALS Postcards feature people battling ALS in five different countries, including some fairly remote locations.
ALS TDI plans to add new content to the postcards through the end of 2012. To suggest someone to be featured in ALS Postcards, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the U.S., National ALS Awareness Month is observed each May in an effort to increase the American public's knowledge about ALS and heighten awareness of the urgent need for treatments.
A number of organizations sponsor national and local ALS events during May. Among other activities, MDA hosts the popular online series ALS: Anyone's Life Story, in which a different person with ALS is featured on MDA's website each day in May.