Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Italian Lou Gehrig's patients protest over lack of funding

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Rome, June 12 - A group of people gravely affected
by Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS) staged a protest in front of
Italy's economy ministry on Wednesday to protest what they claim
is insufficient government financial assistance for patients
with various needs.
Representatives from the November 16 Committee (Comitato 16
Novembre), an organization which represents Lou Gehrig patients,
was received by Economy Undersecretary Pier Paolo Baretta.
The November 16 Committee, together with a series of other
organizations representing various disabilities, is asking for
the government to earmark at least 275 million euros in funds
that would allow them treatment and assistance at home.
The name of the group refers to the date, November 16,
2010, when the group launched their activities, including a
series of hunger strikes and demonstrations in front of the
Economy Ministry, to demand better representation and more
resources.

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