ALS & Giving: A Margaret Vera Commitment
ALS was first found in 1869 by French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, but it wasn’t until 1939 that Lou Gehrig focused the world’s attention more fully on the disease. Ending the career of one of baseball’s most beloved 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. Those diagnosed with ALS suffer progressive degeneration as the motor neurons die. The ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost due to ALS, with voluntary muscle action becoming severely affected. Patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed, with the disease eventually leading to death. There is no cure at this time.
Margaret Vera is a proud supporter of ALS research efforts, 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 The ALS Association each and every day, with a portion of each bag sale going to support the fight to find a cure.Learn more and get involved.
"Waste Not, Want Not"
This is a phrase Margaret Vera’s founder Meg Councilman heard often from both her grandmother and her mother's best friend. 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 is part of the Margaret Vera philosophy: ‘to create without needing more’. It is the antithesis of an ultra-materialistic modern lifestyle.
Inspired by these women Margaret Vera has adopted a no waste policy. Unless a scrap of leather is absolutely too small to be utilized, each piece gets used or donated to our local neighborhood and community.
Want some leather? Visit my Margaret Vera Facebook Page for frequent scrap giveaways!