BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — ALS, often called Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive motor neuron disease that gradually robs people of their ability to walk, talk, swallow, and eventually breathe.

Indu Navar, the founder of EverythingALS, said, “ALS has no known cause or cure and so patients suffer for years not knowing what is wrong and have to go through rigorous testing and a process of elimination to finally get diagnosed. If they are diagnosed, there are no treatments. Life expectancy is two to five years.”

Navar said a new effort is taking place to help ALS patients that only requires people to record their voices. For more information, click here.

The Walk to Defeat ALS event is happening Saturday in Baton Rouge at Pennington Biomedical Research Center on Oct. 29. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. with the walk starting at 10 a.m.