Charity dinner raises money for ALS disease association

Almancil || A charity dinner to raise money for APELA, the Portuguese association for people with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), will take place at the King Traiteur restaurant in Almancil on June 6, starting at 6.30pm.
For a total of €20, guests will be able to enjoy a meal and live music as well as win free tickets for the GT Open Race scheduled for June 8 at the Portimão autodrome.
All proceeds go towards APELA.
The event is being organised by Bernard Muller, an ALS patient and one of the founders of Project MinE – a large-scale research initiative aimed at discovering the genetic cause of the disease – and Natasja van den Hemel from the King Traiteur restaurant.
As the people over at Project MinE point out, little is known about the cause of the disease and there is still no treatment available.
However, it is believed that the disease is related to genetics, and the current goal is to identify genes associated with ALS and develop treatments.
ALS is a neurodegenerative disease that leads to progressive muscular paralysis.
Eventually, it can cause muscle weakness, difficulty in swallowing and talking, and even paralysis and death. The average life expectancy is a mere three years.
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