Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Fierce Hope


Ray created “Fierce Hope” specifically for the MDA Art Collection. He began creating artwork after he was diagnosed with ALS in 2011. Ray uses pastels and holds them between two fingers on one hand guided with the other hand. Some of his artwork has taken as long as nine hours to complete. One of his favorite quotes is “I am not counting my days – I am making my days count.”

Raymond West

Full name: 
Mr. Raymond West
Raymond West
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

ALS-Causing Mutations Impair TDP43 Transport in Nerve Cells

High-Calorie Diet May Help in ALS

A study supported in part by MDA has found that a high-calorie, high-carbohydrate diet is safe and well-tolerated in late-stage amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), that it leads to moderate weight gain, and that it may slow disease progression.

New ALS Mouse Model Has Human FUS Mutation

Augie’s Quest To Transition from MDA to the ALS Therapy Development Institute

'Clump-Busting' Molecule Targets Misfolded Proteins in ALS

ALS Care Checklist Developed

Immune System Modulator in Development for ALS

ALS Nuedexta Study Seeks 60 Participants

The Northeast Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Consortium (NEALS) is actively seeking people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) to participate in a phase 2 clinical trial designed to evaluate whether Nuedexta has any effects on bulbar functions including speech, swallowing and saliva function.