Lakeland majors White Sox raise awareness for ALS with red hats & socks

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The White Sox baseball team in the Majors division of Lakeland Little League have been helping raise awareness during ALS Awareness Month by wearing red socks and red hats during May.

Red is the color people wear for ALS Awareness Month.

The wife of the team’s coach Mike Whiteyes died 5 years ago of ALS.

ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) is a degenerative disease that usually attacks both upper and lower motor neurons and causes break down throughout the brain and spinal cord. A common first symptom is a painless weakness in a hand, foot, arm or leg, which occurs in more than half of all cases. Other early symptoms include speech, swallowing or walking difficulty.

Lou Gehrig first brought national and international attention to the disease in 1939 when he abruptly retired from baseball after being diagnosed with ALS. Most commonly, the disease strikes people between the ages of 40 and 70, and as many as 30,000 Americans have the disease at any given time.

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