Behind the Bands: #ShadeOutDM

As you can tell, we have a big soft spot for our four-legged friends here at Wristband Bros. They’re simply the best. With that in mind, this particular cause caught our eye…

💡 What You’ll Learn: How wristbands can help raise awareness.

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ALS doesn’t just affect humans.

Degenerative Myelopathy is the canine version of ALS, a disease that many of us have become familiar with over the past few years.

In short, it is a progressive nervous system disease that slowly causes loss of muscle control. Unfortunately, there is no known cure… But in canines it is preventable. Furthermore, the on-going studies for both versions of the disease have been beneficial to both dogs and humans.

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Race to #ShadeOutDM

#ShadeOutDM is an organization working to raise awareness for both the canine and human versions of ALS.

Currently, over 100 breeds of dogs are susceptible to DM. Some breeds are extremely prone to it, like Corgis who have 63% chance of carrying at-risk genes. The good part is that this disease is 100% preventable if breeders choose to make well educated and careful breeding decisions.

By raising awareness, #ShadeOutDM hopes to educated breeders and veterinarians on how to better prevent this disease. They host several yearly events, like their Virtual Race to #ShadeOutDM to help further their cause. If you’re interested, make sure to check it out!

With a little luck, our four-legged friends may just help us find a cure for ALS. At the very least, they’ll be by our sides every step of the way.

Learn more at and keep up with them on Facebook!

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