ALS Awareness Month

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 States

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. Other organizations, including the ALS Therapy Development Institute and the Les Turner ALS Foundation have their own initiatives.

Postage stamp

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

Individual states


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 Dakota

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.

Further reading

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ALS Society of Canada

The ALS Society of Canada is a registered, not-for-profit Canadian organization. ALS Canada, founded in 1977, is a national voluntary health organization dedicated to the fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, and to providing support for those living with ALS.

ALS Canada is committed to supporting research towards a cure for ALS, supporting the provincial ALS societies in their provision of quality care for persons living with ALS, and building public awareness of ALS and its impact.


June is the sixth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars, the second of four months to have a length of 30 days, and the third of five months to have a length of less than 31 days. June contains the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, the day with the most daylight hours, and the winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere, the day with the fewest daylight hours (excluding polar regions in both cases). June in the Northern Hemisphere is the seasonal equivalent to December in the Southern Hemisphere and vice versa. In the Northern Hemisphere, the beginning of the traditional astronomical summer is 21 June (meteorological summer begins on 1 June). In the Southern Hemisphere, meteorological winter begins on 1 June.At the start of June, the sun rises in the constellation of Taurus; at the end of June, the sun rises in the constellation of Gemini. However, due to the precession of the equinoxes, June begins with the sun in the astrological sign of Gemini, and ends with the sun in the astrological sign of Cancer.

Les Turner ALS Foundation

The Les Turner ALS Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Chicago that provides ALS patient services; supports events, education and awareness about ALS; and funds ALS research. Since it was founded, the Foundation has raised more than $64 million.

List of month-long observances

The following is a list of notable month-long observances, recurrent months that are used by various governments, groups and organizations to raise awareness of an issue, commemorate a group or event, or celebrate something.


May is the fifth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars and the third of seven months to have a length of 31 days.

May is a month of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. Therefore, May in the Southern Hemisphere is the seasonal equivalent of November in the Northern Hemisphere and vice versa. Late May typically marks the start of the summer vacation season in the United States and Canada that ends on Labor Day, the first Monday of September.

The month of May (in Latin, Maius) was named for the Greek Goddess Maia, who was identified with the Roman era goddess of fertility, Bona Dea, whose festival was held in May. Conversely, the Roman poet Ovid provides a second etymology, in which he says that the month of May is named for the maiores, Latin for "elders," and that the following month (June) is named for the iuniores, or "young people" (Fasti VI.88).

Mayovka, in the context of the late Russian Empire, was a picnic in the countryside or in a park in the early days of May, hence the name. Eventually, "mayovka" (specifically, "proletarian mayovka") came to mean an illegal celebration of May 1 by revolutionary public, typically presented as an innocent picnic.Special devotions to the Virgin Mary take place in May. See May devotions to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Eta Aquariids meteor shower appears in May. It is visible from about April 21 to about May 20 each year with peak activity on or around May 6. The Arietids shower from May 22 – July 2, and peaks on June 7. The Virginids also shower at various dates in May.

Tim Shaw (American football)

Timothy Bruce Shaw (born March 27, 1984) is a former American football linebacker who played in the National Football League. He played college football at Penn State and he was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft.

Shaw also played for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Chicago Bears and Tennessee Titans.

Tom Cochrane

Thomas William Cochrane ( KOK-rən; born May 14, 1953) is a Canadian musician best known as the frontman for the rock band Red Rider and for his work as a solo singer-songwriter. Cochrane has won eight Juno Awards. He is a member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, an officer of the Order of Canada, and has an honorary doctorate from Brandon University. In September 2009 he was inducted onto the Canadian Walk of Fame. Cochrane has also been recognized for his significant charitable work.

Organizations in the United States
International organizations


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