Arkansas Supreme Court employees participated in the Arkansas Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association’s Walk to Defeat ALS in Little Rock on April 5, 2014.Employees walked in honor of Richard Thomas, law clerk to Chief Justice Jim Hannah.
Richard Thomas, who clerked for Justice Lavenski Smith prior to becoming a clerk for Justice Hannah in 1991, was first diagnosed with ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) in 2012. ALS is a “neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord” and causes patients’ brains to progressively lose the ability to initiate and control muscle movement. Currently, there is no cure for ALS.
The Arkansas ALS Association works to raise awareness for the disease as well as funds for research, while helping local patients and families. Proceeds from their annual walk go to help provide patients with wheelchairs and other medical care. This is the second year that Arkansas Supreme Court staff have walked in honor of Thomas.
For more information on ALS, to make a donation, and for volunteer opportunities, please visit www.alsa.org.