HSP and PLS Awareness Week to be kicked-off by the Spastic Paraplegia Foundation
The Spastic Paraplegia Foundation (SPF), North America's only non-profit dedicated to finding cures and treatments for Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia (HSP) and Primary Lateral Sclerosis (PLS), is pleased to announce the first ever HSP and PLS Awareness Week. This year's activities will be held Aug. 25-31, 2019.
The purpose of the National Spastic Paraplegia Awareness Week is to promote understanding of these rare disorders, create opportunities for mutual sharing and support, raise awareness of therapies for enhancing function, and support research to find their cures.
The more people that know about these two conditions, the more they will understand that research into them will help all sufferers of all motor neuron diseases, including Parkinson's, MS, ALS, and, potentially, spinal cord injury.
As close cousins of ALS (aka, Lou Gehrig's disease), PLS and HSP are progressive neurological disorders. Those with HSP or PLS experience weakness and spasticity (a tightening of the muscles) in the hips and legs, making walking difficult. PLS also impacts the upper body including the ability to speak and swallow.
The most noticeable trait of these conditions is an inability to walk normally, making daily life a challenge. For people with PLS and HSP, it often requires the use of a wheelchair. Currently, there is no way to slow or reverse the progressive disabilities of these disorders.
During awareness week the SPF Board of Directors, as well as members of the HSP and PLS communities, will hold events to increase awareness for research.
For more information please contact:
Spastic Paraplegia Foundation
877-773-4483 or sp-foundation.org