The ALS Association Greater New York Chapter Young Professionals Group (YPG) is gearing up for the annual Fire and Ice Gala on November 18th at LAVO, and there is still time to step up and get involved. “This is such a great opportunity to learn more about ALS, raise awareness, and network with young professionals from the Greater New York area who are interested in raising money for a cure,” ALS Association Greater New York, Young Professionals Group member Josh Michaels said.
Josh, who lost his grandfather to ALS when he was just 3 years old, says, “YPG is a network of people who provide support, and friendship — all while fighting for a great cause.”
“The thing about ALS is it often fades into the background. People donate to cancer, March of Dimes and these larger charities, but people often forget about ALS,” Michaels said. “It is important to not forget about diseases that may be rarer, but can still take someone’s life in a matter of months, and even those who survive years, suffer debilitating effects.”
Joining the Young Professionals Group and attending events such as the Fire and Ice Gala help to raise awareness amongst those who may be unfamiliar with ALS.
“Even if just 1 out of 100 of your friends can join us at the gala, research ALS, join YPG, or end up advocating for the cause will make a huge difference,” Josh said.
Inviting friends outside the network and reaching out has worked in the past for Josh and his friends.
“A lot of my friends didn’t know what ALS was. It isn’t something we talked about. But now a lot of my friends are not only part of the gala, they also find additional ways to help spread awareness,” Michaels said.