The ALS Association of Arkansas has planned a wine tasting and silent auction for Friday, April 4, from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Crush Wine Bar in North Little Rock.

The public is invited to join friends and supporters of ALS Arkansas for this special, pre-walk event. Sip a special selection of wines hand-picked by Crush’s wine sommelier, Joseph St. Ana, browse and bid on art and gift items while visiting with fellow ALS walk members. The cost is $30 for an advanced ticket and $35 at the door. Seating is limited.

All proceeds donated to the ALS Association of Arkansas to aid in supporting ALS patients cope Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed. with the disease, and help to find a cause and cure.

ALS was first described in 1869 by French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, but it wasn’t until 1939 that Lou Gehrig brought national and international attention to the disease when he abruptly retired from baseball after being diagnosed with ALS.