About ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease)

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that slowly robs a person of the ability to walk, speak, swallow and, eventually breathe. With no known cause or cure, a person can expect to live typically 2 to 5 years from the time of diagnosis.

ALS has no racial, ethnic or socioeconomic boundaries and in only 10% of cases there is a family history of ALS. Today, there are approximately 30,000 people in the US living with ALS and 5,600 people are diagnosed each and every year in the US.

About The Golden West Chapter:

The Golden West Chapter supports people living with ALS and their loved ones in 31 counties throughout California and the state of Hawaii. Everything we do advances the search for effective treatments and cures for ALS.

Our Vision:

Create a world without ALS

Our Mission:

To discover treatments and cures for ALS, and to serve, advocate for, and empower people affected by ALS to live their lives to the fullest.

Our Core Values:

COMPASSION – INTEGRITY – URGENCY

Guiding Principles:

Our Strategic Outcomes:

  • Recognized interdependence between care and research.

  • People with ALS and their families have:
    -Access to consistent care, treatment and services
    -Resource and support services that enhance quality of life
    -Quality care and support leveraged by collaboration with partners

  • Discover new life-extending treatment:
    -Drive worldwide research agenda with urgency and boldness to improve outcomes for people with ALS
    -Collaborate with partners in a comprehensive and diverse research model
    -Facilitate the rapid development of new treatment options to extend and enhance quality of life while seeking a cure

For more information about the Golden West Chapter of The ALS Association, please visit www.alsagoldenwest.org