Last Thursday, September 4th, the Tender Tots Child Care Center located on 137th street in The Bronx showed their support for ALS. Some of the staff members participated in the ‘ALS Ice Bucket Challenge’ to bring awareness and raise money. Twelve of our staff members participated and for each person $10 dollars was donated to The ALS Association to aid in the research being done to find a cure. Below you will find some information about ALS. We implore you to get involved, donate, and spread the word; together we can help find a cure.
The director at the 137th location, Ms. Goicochea would like to thank all the parents that participated in our challenge. They had lots of fun pouring the water on the teachers!! She would also like to think her staff members: Ms. G, Ms. Olga, Ms. Ashanti, Ms. Romero, Ms. Moreno; second group is Ms. Catherine, Ms. Tyiesha, Ms. Diaz, Ms. Jefferson, Ms. Hazel, Ms. Jackie, and Ms. Ashley. (Order of appearance) Finally, she would like MJ Abiva for recording and editing the footage used for our video.
“Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.
A-myo-trophic comes from the Greek language. “A” means no or negative. “Myo” refers to muscle, and “Trophic” means nourishment–”No muscle nourishment.” When a muscle has no nourishment, it “atrophies”or wastes away. “Lateral” identifies the areas in a person’s spinal cord where portions of the nerve cells that signal and control the muscles are located. As this area degenerates it leads to scarring or hardening (“sclerosis”) in the region.
As motor neurons degenerate, they can no longer send impulses to the muscle fibers that normally result in
muscle movement. Early symptoms of ALS often include increasing muscle weakness, especially involving the
arms and legs, speech, swallowing or breathing. When muscles no longer receive the messages from the motor neurons that they require to function, the muscles begin to atrophy (become smaller). Limbs begin to look “thinner” as muscle tissue atrophies.”