Badge name Fight ALSHad a newbie pass this evening ATB Barry Silverton 12/1/16 @ 15:37 hd hrs. Captain said out of Golf Coast would be up here for a while. Couldn't find anything on tugboat info. Badge says Fight ALS out on Portland Oregon. I checked ALS and found
ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. A-myo-trophic comes from the Greek language. "A" means no. "Myo" refers to muscle, and "Trophic" means nourishment – "No muscle nourishment." When a muscle has no nourishment, it "atrophies" or wastes away. "Lateral" identifies the areas in a person's spinal cord where portions of the nerve cells that signal and control the muscles are located. As this area degenerates it leads to scarring or hardening ("sclerosis") in the region.