COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Governor Henry McMaster has declared the month of May ALS Awareness month in South Carolina.
There's currently no cure for ALS which is a progressive neurodegenerative disease. Most people diagnosed with ALS are in their 40s or 50s before they receive a diagnosis.
Kristi Driggers's story, one we've featured on WIS before, was at the State House Monday. She says as a veteran, bringing awareness to the disease means a lot to her.
"For me, it means that what I did for my country, I didn't do it in vain. That it was for a purpose," Driggers said. "I signed an oath to serve my country. And I served my country. It just took a little longer for it to happen."
It's estimated that people who serve in the military are twice as likely to get the disease.
ALS impacts around 30,000 people in the United States, with 5,000 new cases diagnosed every year.