What is ALD?

Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) is a rare, genetic disease which attacks the spinal cord and white matter of the brain. It is best known as the disease portrayed in the 1993 movie “Lorenzos Oil” starring Nick Nolte and Susan Sarandon. ALD manifests primarily in males, and often progresses rapidly — without early treatment, boys and young men who are affected typically lose all cognitive and physical functions, and deteriorate into a vegetative state leading to death in two to three years. For more detailed information about ALD, see National Institute of Health – ALD.