Danville Fights For FALS

FALSDANVILLE - The town of Danville came together over the weekend to support a local family in a new way.

This summer, the ALS bucket challenge was everywhere. Celebrities, kids and even folks in North Korea joined in to help raise money for the ALS association . The town of Danville made their own video on Sunday, as a way to support Susan Lynaugh  and Linda Vance, who have lost eight family members in the last five years to Familial Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.

"God gave us this decease because we've got large mouths and we can share it with the world and tell everybody to be aware and to help fight,” said Vance β€œand as you can see with all the people that are here, they are to here to help fight.”

According to als.org almost 30,000 Americans suffer from ALS, and of that  number ten percent have FALS. Each family member has a fifty-fifty chance of developing the disease, and those diagnosed can live anywhere from nine months to three years.

Susan Lynaugh is tired of loosing people to this disease, "As of right know I have lost a sister and a brother who have died from this, a mother and an aunt, three cousins and a nephew, so that's enough.”   

Danville nominated St. Johnsbury and Lyndonville to join in the fight by completing their own video. If you would like to help, you can call FALS Research at (617) 726-9122 or send donations to
S. Fitgibbons Dev Office
Mass General Hospital
Boston, MA 02119 .