May is ALS month

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By Nathan L. McBroom

Every year during the month of May, Yolanda Hickman makes a special effort to raise awareness about the disease that took her husband's life.

On April 25, 2004, Yolanda's husband, Rev. Michael Hickman, died after an 11-month battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). The disease, which is more commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease, attacks the body's motor neuron system and causes the body to shut down.

The cause of the disease is not yet fully known.

It is estimated that 300,000 Americans currently suffer from the disease.

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