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.