The ALS Association Arizona Chapter will return to The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa to raise funds for the fight against Lou Gehrig’s disease. From 6 to 10 p.m., foodies and philanthropist alike will enjoy delicious bites from more than 15 of the Valley’s most popular chefs while participating in both live and silent auctions.
Although ALS has been known for centuries, Lou Gehrig first brought national and international attention to the disease in 1939 when his brilliant baseball career ended after being diagnosed with ALS. The devastating disease again gained national and international awareness when 2014’s Ice Bucket Challenge went viral, funneling more than 32.5 million dollars into ALS research.
The cause of ALS is usually unknown and there is no effective treatment. The illness is fatal, with most patients surviving 2-5 years from the time of diagnosis. ALS may affect adults of all ages with the average age of onset around 55 years. As many as 30,000 Americans have the disease at any given time. The ALS Association Arizona Chapter provides annual services to more than 400 families throughout Arizona.