Forty years ago my mother lost her fight against ALS. I'm riding in her memory along with others who are there for their own reasons. Please consider helping by making a tax deductible donation. Your contribution will help support those affected by Lou Gehrig's Disease in our area and to find treatments and ultimately, a cure.
Why This Is Important
Often referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease that slowly robs a person of their ability to walk, speak, swallow and eventually breathe. The life expectancy of a person with ALS averages only 2 to 5 years from the time of diagnosis. In a very short period of time, the person and their family need a myriad of services and support The ALS Association is their one-stop-shop.
Every 90 minutes a person in this country is diagnosed with ALS and every 90 minutes another person will lose their battle against this disease. ALS occurs throughout the world with no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries. This crippling disease can strike anyone and when it does, they need help. Local ALS asociation chapters are there for them. In our area, the ALS Association Oregon and Southwest Washington Chapter supports families living with ALS. Monthly support groups, medical equipment loan closets, caregiver support, partnerships with multi-disciplinary clinics, and many other services are provided at no cost to the person with ALS and their family. The local chapter receives no government or insurance funding, but is supported through events like the Ride to Defeat ALS.
Will you help? Your donation will support local families, will help identify treatments and eventually find a cure for this terrible disease.
Thank you and please know that every donation is important and every dollar makes a difference.