Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) uses a blue ribbon, red ribbon, or a blue and white pinstriped striped ribbon for awareness. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He was a famous New York Yankees baseball player who died from the disease. He had to retire in 1939 after his diagnosis. The blue and white stripes reference the NY Yankees team colors.
Per the National Institutes of Health (NIH) branch, National Insitute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), ALS is “is a rare neurological disease that affects motor neurons—those nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement. Voluntary muscles are those we choose to move to produce movements like chewing, walking, and talking. The disease is progressive, meaning the symptoms get worse over time. ALS has no cure and there is no effective treatment to reverse its progression.”
Internationally, the International Alliance of ALS/MND Alliance provides support to ALS. It supports multiple motor neuron diseases (MND) including ALS. It uses June 21st as a global day of awareness for ALS and MND.
The Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) awareness ribbon is available on a variety of gifts and merchandise that already have a variety of messages. There are also blank blue and white awareness ribbon gift options too. All items in the Awareness Gallery store can be customized with your own words and images.
This ribbon art can also be available through the non-profit, DonnaBellas Angels. It provides inspirational art for mental health wellness. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.