The ALS Association Golden West Chapter is dedicated to the fight against ALS in many ways, including funding global research efforts, supporting scientific and clinical collaboration, connecting people with ALS to clinical trials, partnering with multidisciplinary ALS clinics and centers, educating the public about ALS, providing professional care management services to families facing ALS, pursuing important public policy initiatives, and bringing the ALS community together.
The Golden West Chapter’s compassionate Care Services team provides expert advice and assistance for people living with ALS, free of charge. Our knowledgeable and dedicated Regional Care Managers help individuals and families access the best information, resources, equipment, and experts to maintain and maximize health, independence, communication, mobility, safety, and quality of life. Support groups throughout our service area provide practical solutions for everyday challenges and a connection with others living with ALS. Medical professionals associated with more than 22 multidisciplinary ALS specialty clinics supported by the Chapter facilitate clinical trials and ALS studies. This proven model of robust, proactive, multidisciplinary care helps people live longer and better with ALS while also advancing the search for treatments and a cure.
A nationwide network of dedicated volunteer ALS advocates works tirelessly through various online campaigns and events to address legislative issues and secure funding to improve the lives of thousands of people with ALS and their families. Our efforts in California and Hawaii and across the nation inform and educate elected officials and the public about opportunities to facilitate access to services, accelerate drug development, and reduce barriers to care and research.
The Chapter’s memorable and spirited community outreach events provide people living with ALS and their families with the opportunity to gather, share, and enjoy themselves in fun and casual settings. Our family-friendly community outreach activities – like our Walks to Defeat ALS, Rides to Defeat ALS, ALS Golf Classic, and other social events like the Champions for Care and a Cure – empower and educate the ALS community.
Your generous support fuels everything we do, and everything we do advances the search for effective treatments and a cure for ALS. The Golden West Chapter relies on the generosity of individuals, families, companies, and philanthropic organizations to make what we do possible. This year, the Golden West Chapter became accredited by the BBB Wise Giving Alliance. In addition, for the seventh consecutive year, Charity Navigator, America's largest independent charity evaluator, has awarded the Chapter its highest rating possible – four stars – in recognition of our ongoing commitment to sound fiscal management, accountability, and transparency. Only 6% of charitable organizations rated receive this exceptional distinction.