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Governor Hochul Proposes $25 Million for ALS Research in State Budget


New York Governor Kathy Hochul has taken a bold step in the fight against Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) by proposing a groundbreaking $25 million allocation for ALS research in her FY 24/25 Executive Budget. This move underscores her commitment to advancing medical research and finding a cure for this progressive neurodegenerative disorder.

The proposed $25 million funding aims to support ALS research initiatives, including scientific studies, clinical trials, and the development of innovative therapies. Governor Hochul recognizes the urgency of addressing the challenges posed by ALS given her mother, Patricia Courtney, died from ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, in 2014.

The proposal is part of the state budget and requires approval by the state legislature by April 1st. “With Governor-backed ALS funding, New York has the opportunity to accelerate scientific breakthroughs, transform the landscape of research creating new opportunities for science and technology in New York, and provide state funding for essential on-the-ground, high-quality local care support to those living with ALS and their families,” said Kristen Cocoman, President & CEO of ALS United Greater New York.

With collective efforts and continued support, there is newfound hope for individuals and families impacted by ALS.

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