There are many different types of fraudulent activity happening today and with today's exploding social media it's hard to differentiate between what's real and what's not. A simple picture on Facebook passed from friend to friend may seem harmless but in reality is far from that. The majority are hoaxes perpetuated by scammers.
Usually the scammer will steal a photograph of a sick child, animal or anything that he/she knows will grab at your heartstrings, then ask for donations to be made to help out with medical expenses or whatever the subject matter of the photo is for. Or they add a false caption claiming that sharing the photo will bring about donations towards the subject matter in the photo.
ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrigs disease, is a progressive disease that affecs nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. The disease is not an extremely common one and approximately 5600 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with ALS each year with an estimated 30,000 Americans having the disease at any given time. There is no known cure for ALS and the average life span of a person with it is 3 years after diagnosis. Some may live as long as 10 years however this is rare. Due to medical intervention the life span of a person diagnosed with ALS has increased.
However, the fact remains that ALS IS a disease that kills. There is no cure. Everyone who is diagnosed with ALS dies from it.