"From one man to another, I hope you get Lou Gehrig's Disease."
From the movie, Ted (2012)
My Mother was diagnosed with ALS one year and 4 months ago. Over that short course of time she has become completely dependent, but her resolve, grace, and optimistic attitude has only strengthened. The thing that Mr. MacFarlane and others fail to realize is that ALS sufferers are some of the kindest, compassionate, thoughtful, and loving individuals one will ever meet, and this seems to hold true across the board. Therefore, wishing ALS on another individual, is really nothing but a foundationless insult, rather than an edgy, humorous scatalogical quip, as was intended. Furthermore, the harrassment continues as this phrase has already infiltrated pop culture circles as indicated by this twitter search: https://t.co/tboTuhQc.
This statement from ALS Society of Canada's website makes a brilliant statement as to why it is important for Mr. MacFarlane, Universal Pictures, et al, to pay attention and turn an insulting, hateful joke into positive benevolence.
(The ALS Society of Canada is in no way associated with this petition)
"Punch Line about Lou Gehrig’s Disease
Fans of a newly released movie by Seth MacFarlane entitled “Ted” are tweeting and re-tweeting a scene where one of the characters says to another, “From one man to another, I hope you get Lou Gehrig’s disease.”
Ask anyone whose life has been touched by Lou Gehrig’s disease - Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS – and they’ll tell you it’s the furthest thing from a laughing matter. ALS is a devastating progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks motor neurons in the brain (upper motor neurons) and spinal cord (lower motor neurons) and affects muscle function. Ultimately, accumulated loss of motor neuron makes it impossible for voluntary control of normal muscle function. While the age of onset is generally 55 to 65 years of age, it can affect anyone at any age with a lifespan of just two to five years. Eighty per cent of those diagnosed will die within two to five years.
Canada’s ALS community exemplifies the spirit of caring and support by helping one another and providing hope to those affected by the disease. Our work is focused on help for today and hope for tomorrow. Hope for tomorrow is expressed through finding a series of breakthroughs in research. The only way to do that is to secure more funding and every donation gets us closer to finding effective treatments and, ultimately, a cure.
We ask that the filmmakers and tweeters alike join us in our fight against ALS and find a way to positively raise awareness of this devastating disease so that one day we live in a world free of ALS. #ALSisNoLaughingMatter"
Bridget Reeves Jeter
(Daughter of Deborah Reeves, ALS Survivor)