Carmel Valley resident Megan Spector sang the National Anthem at the Nov. 21 University of San Diego men’s basketball team game against San Diego Christian College in the first annual ALS Basketball Classic at Jenny Craig Pavilion to raise awareness of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). The event is also held to give hope to the brave San Diegans who are fighting Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Megan sang in honor of her aunt, Marjie Block, and all those faced with ALS.
ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Eventually, people with ALS lose the ability to initiate and control muscle movement, which often leads to total paralysis and death within two to five years of diagnosis. There is no cure, and only one drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration modestly extends survival.
For unknown reasons, veterans are twice as likely to develop and die from ALS as the rest of the population. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs recognizes ALS as a service-connected disease and provides financial and medical support to those with at least 90 continuous days of military service. Veterans with questions concerning their service benefits are encouraged to visit www.alsa.org/als-care/veterans/faqs-new-veterans.html. For more information about the ALS Association, visit alsa.org.