We all love to see the Minnesota Twins strike out an opponent, but that strike out means even more thanks to Carrier, the Minnesota Twins and the Minnesota/North Dakota Chapter of the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) Association.
During the 2011 season, the Minnesota Twins and Carrier will donate $20 to the ALS Association for every home game strike out. The money raised will help fund The ALS Association’s programs that provide individual and family guidance and support to those affected by ALS.
ALS is a neurodegenerative disease that usually attacks both upper and lower motor neurons and causes degeneration of those motor neurons throughout the brain and spinal cord. A common first symptom is a painless weakness in a hand, foot, arm or leg, which occurs in more than half of all cases. Other early symptoms could include speech, swallowing or walking difficulties.
At any given time, there are about 400 people living with ALS in Minnesota. On average, two people are diagnosed and two people pass away from the disease each week. With no known cause and no known cure, the programs and research done by The ALS Association are vital to providing hope and the best quality of life possible for those living with the disease.
This cause is close to the hearts of many at Carrier, especially Carrier spokesman and former Minnesota Twins player, Kent Hrbek. He explains in this video:
The group of people at Carrier are so dedicated; they always find a way to help support our mission. They know the positive impact our programs have on the community. I would consider them all good friends.
– Sue Spalding, Executive Director of the Minnesota/North Dakota ALS Association
You can help Carrier, the Minnesota Twins and The ALS Association strike out ALS by clicking here to donate.