Navicent Health ALS Clinic hosts party for survivors

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Doctors and patients celebrated the 5th anniversary of the Rehabilitation Hospital, Navicent Health’s ALS clinic in Macon.

ALS is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. It is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.

Navicent Health officials released butterflies in honor of those who have died from ALS, as well as those who are currently battling the disease. Right now there is no cure for ALS.

Health officials say there needs to be more done to figure out how to fight the disorder.

“It’s important for us to continue to do research to try and find the cure for ALS, find the cause of ALS so we can better treat our patients with this disease,” says Georgia Regents University professor of Neurology Dr. Michael Rivner.

Patients can manage the disease with proper care.

“Life goes on,” says Dick Frame, an ALS patient. “As they say, life is for the living and you just have to make the most of everyday and enjoy it.”

For more information about the ALS disease call (478) 256-3608.

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