New license plate will benefit ALS research

Proceeds from plates will go toward ALS ONE

Governor Baker joins other state officials and activists in unveiling a new license plate that benefits ALS ONE.

BOSTON (WWLP) – Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis- ALS- often known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a debilitating disease for which there is no cure. Massachusetts residents, however, have a new way to help change that.

Governor Charlie Baker unveiled a new license plate Monday, which is the first ever in the state to benefit ALS research.

The special plate will cost Massachusetts drivers $40, and all of the proceeds will help the nonprofit ALS ONE find treatments and a cure.

Many people began talking about the disease in 2014, when the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge went viral on the Internet; raising more than $220 million for research.

ALS is a progressive disease that causes nerve cells to break down; weakening muscles over time.

Registrar of Motor Vehicles Erin Devaney said that the new plate is an opportunity to help find a cure. “By supporting ALS ONE and applying to have one of their plates, you not only keep your vehicles registered, but you have the opportunity to save a life,” Devaney said.

ALS ONE needs about 750 registration applications in order to begin production and funding.

There are currently about two million drivers in Massachusetts who do not have a special license plate.

Click here to print out an application for the ALS ONE license plate.

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