Betsy Winget, executive director at the Lima Senior Center, said, "I have list of 40 people in the immediate area with ALS.
That's a huge number. ...
I personally know six people with ALS who have died just in the last year."
According to the ALS Association
, the disease usually affects white men between the ages of 40 and 70, and there is usually no family history of it.
Life expectancy is two to five years from the time of diagnosis.
If there were more media attention on ALS there would be a better chance to get research funding and increase awareness of the "horrible disease," Winget
Winget's brother-in-law died of ALS last year.
promised him she
would start a support group in his