“I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work” — Thomas Edison, American Invertor
Thomas Edison made thousands of prototypes of the incandescent light bulb before he finally got it right. His resilience and optimism gave the world some of the most amazing inventions of the early 20th century, such as the phonograph, the telegraph, and the motion picture.
In fact, it's difficult to imagine what our world would be like if people like Edison or Jonas Salk, the inventor of the polio vaccine, had given up after their first few failures.
At ALS Worldwide, we see the roadblocks on the path to finding a cure for ALS/MND, but look past them. We have pursued many promising treatments that ultimately failed, but history has shown us that positiveness and persistence will ultimately make finding the cure for ALS/MND inevitable.
That’s why ALS Worldwide is committed to funding, facilitating and sharing the most promising ALS/MND research. While we are not experts ourselves, we support those known for their scientific excellence, personal passion and determination to understand, prevent, treat and cure ALS/MND as quickly as possible.
Tremendous work remains to be done to address the unmet medical needs of the estimated half a million ALS/MND patients worldwide. Yet, never before have we seen such a high level of activity and enthusiasm among researchers.
Each day brings new reasons to be encouraged that scientific breakthroughs are within reach, and we will not quit until ALS/MND is a thing of the past. Until then, we’re on a mission to spread hope and share this simple message—each of us has what it takes to be part of the solution—galvanizing progress toward a cure.
Whether you are bravely facing the daily challenges of living with ALS/MND, conducting groundbreaking experiments, participating in a clinical trial, or donating to advance research and provide support to patients and their loved ones, never doubt that your contribution is vital and meaningful. We can find a cure in our lifetime, but it's going to take all of us, and unwavering optimism, to rid the world of this devastating disease.