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ALS Awareness Month is a campaign to spread awareness of and raise funds for research for a cure for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

ALS Awareness Month
Years active
  • Canada: 29
  • United States: 27
  • Canada: 1990[3]
  • United States: 1992[2]



In Canada, June has been declared as ALS Awareness Month by the Canadian Minister of Health.[1] In 2015, it was recognized by the House of Commons.[4]

United StatesEdit

In the United States, the campaign is observed every year in the month of May.[5] It is recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.[6]


During this month, the ALS Association sponsors the National ALS Advocacy Day and Public Policy Conference and leads a delegation of people with ALS, their caregivers and other advocates to Capitol Hill to urge legislators to support measures to help find treatments and a cure.[citation needed] Other organizations, including the ALS Therapy Development Institute and the Les Turner ALS Foundation have their own initiatives.

Postage stampEdit

In 2008, the ALS Association created a commemorative U.S. postage stamp to promote ALS Awareness Month through Zazzle.[7]

Individual statesEdit


In 2003, Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue declared May to be ALS Awareness Month in the state.[8] He repeated this action in 2011. In addition, Governor Nathan Deal in 2012, 2013,[9] and 2014.[10] In 2016, Governor Deal declared January 26 to be ALS Awareness Day in Georgia.[11]


In 2016, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker declared May to be ALS Awareness Month in the state.[12]


In 2012, 2013, and 2014, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton declared May to ALS Awareness Month in the state.[13][14][15]

North DakotaEdit

In both May 2014 and May 2016, the Governor of North Dakota issued proclamations declaring May to be ALS Awareness Month in the state.[16][17]


On January 13, 2012, the 129th General Assembly of Ohio designated the month of May as ALS Awareness Month for the state.[18]


  1. ^ a b Aglukkaq, Leona (June 2010). "ALS Awareness Month (Lou Gehrig's Disease)". [Health Canada]. Archived from the original on January 11, 2013. Retrieved March 30, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "20th Anniversary of ALS Awareness Month: MDA to Honor 31 Americans". [Muscular Dystrophy Association]. May 3, 2011. Archived from the original on July 18, 2011. Retrieved March 30, 2012.
  3. ^ "June brings about another ALS awareness month". [ALS Society of Canada]. June 6, 2011. Archived from the original on May 4, 2012. Retrieved March 30, 2012.
  4. ^ "ALS Awareness | ALS Canada". Archived from the original on 2016-09-15. Retrieved 2016-07-07.
  5. ^ "Announcements: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Awareness Month – May 2011". [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]. May 6, 2011. Retrieved March 29, 2012.
  6. ^ "ALS Awareness Month 2016". CDC Blogs. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved 2016-07-07.
  7. ^ "New ALS Awareness Month Postage Stamp Now On Sale". [The ALS Association]. May 1, 2008. Retrieved March 30, 2012.
  8. ^ "ALS Awareness Month Proclamation 2003" (PDF).
  9. ^ "ALS Awareness Month 2013" (PDF).
  10. ^ "ALS Awareness Month 2014" (PDF).
  11. ^ "ALS Awareness Day 2016" (PDF).
  12. ^ "ALS Awareness Month 2016".
  13. ^ "ALS Awareness Month 2012" (PDF).
  14. ^ "ALS Awareness Month 2013" (PDF).
  15. ^ "ALS Awareness Month 2014" (PDF).
  16. ^ "Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Awareness Month | North Dakota Office of the Governor". Retrieved 2016-07-07.
  17. ^ "ALS Awareness Month | North Dakota Office of the Governor". Retrieved 2016-07-07.
  18. ^ "5.2267 ALS Awareness Month". []. Retrieved March 30, 2012.

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