ALS was first found in 1869 by French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, but it wasn’t until 1939 that Lou Gehrig brought national and international attention to the disease. Ending the career of one of the most beloved baseball players of all time, the disease is still most closely associated with his name. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.

Margaret Vera is a proud supporter of ALS. From dumping ice water over their heads for the ice bucket challenge each August, to walking in the Walk to Defeat ALS, Margaret Vera supports the ALS Association each and every day. Please consider supporting our team in the Walk to Defeat ALS on September 17th at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Our team is "Councilman's Kayakers", named in honor of our loved one's affinity for Paddle Georgia, kayaking, and canoeing. Please click here to show your support!

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This is a phrase I heard both my late grandmother and my mother's best friend say frequently throughout my life. Both experienced the hardships of living in Europe during WWII and knew what it was like to do without, save a lot, and make magic from very little. It's a simple, beautiful phrase that remind me to create without needing more. Sort of the antithesis of today's ultra-materialistic modern lifestyle.

I am inspired by these women and have adopted a no waste policy at Margaret Vera. Unless a scrap of leather is absolutely too small to be utilized (approximately less than 2" x 2"), each piece gets used or donated to our local neighborhood and community. 

Want some leather? Visit my facebook page regularly for scrap giveaways;