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IMPORTANT UPDATE: The well being of the ALS community is always our top priority. As the situation with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, the Golden West Chapter is closely following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as state, county and local public health agency mandates. As we continue to adapt to this evolving situation, we are guided by our Chapter’s high standards of accountability and transparency, and will continue to take action in the best interests of all. Please visit our website frequently to stay current on our response to COVID-19 and information about vaccines for people with ALS. The Golden West Chapter’s response during this pandemic in alignment with our mission and vision, but requires unexpected resources. Please help us continue to meet the needs of our ALS community.

Voice Your Love!
This month, we challenge you to #VoiceYourLove to help raise awareness about ALS and one of its many devastating impacts: the loss of the ability to speak.
Voice Your Love

This month, we challenge you to #VoiceYourLove to help raise awareness about ALS and one of its many devastating impacts: the loss of the ability to speak.

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ASK ME Webinar: ALS and Palliative Care

Please watch for our ASK ME webinar, "ALS and Palliative Care" featuring Annie Brashem, LCSW; Deann Del Rio, RN; and Patti Giallanzo, NP from the Palliative Care team at John Muir Health. Palliative care prioritizes comfort and quality of life by addressing symptoms that someone with ALS may experience. The team will define the differences between hospice and palliative care; will discuss when these important services should be considered and how to avoid any stigma and misunderstanding of what palliative care means; and how to ask your healthcare provider about it.

ASK ME Webinar: ALS and Palliative Care

 

Please watch for our ASK ME webinar, "ALS and Palliative Care" featuring Annie Brashem, LCSW; Deann Del Rio, RN; and Patti Giallanzo, NP from the Palliative Care team at John Muir Health. Palliative care prioritizes comfort and quality of life by addressing symptoms that someone with ALS may experience. The team will define the differences between hospice and palliative care; will discuss when these important services should be considered and how to avoid any stigma and misunderstanding of what palliative care means; and how to ask your healthcare provider about it.

 
Our Mission
To discover treatments and a cure for ALS, and to serve, advocate for, and empower people affected by ALS to live their lives to the fullest.
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.
A Note About Current Events and Systemic Racism:
Now and always, our values drive our mission, and our principles guide our vision. The Golden West Chapter rejects hate, racism, and injustice of any kind. Diversity and inclusivity are only the beginning, and we are committed to anti-racist, anti-oppression perspectives that promote equal access to ALS treatments and services.
It is only together that we will defeat ALS.
 
 
Get Involved With Us!
There are many opportunities for you to help create a world without ALS by getting involved with the Golden West Chapter. Attend our support groups and educational events to learn important information. Find out about our many upcoming community outreach events. Make connections with others facing ALS. Help raise awareness and funds to support the ALS community that we serve. Take part in the way that best suits YOU!

Calendar of Activities and Events

There is always something going on at the Golden West Chapter. Please check out our calendar to see what is happening this month and to save the date for future activities and events. From our monthly support groups to our community outreach events, there are many opportunities for you and your family to connect with us.

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Serving Hawaii’s ALS Community

The Golden West Chapter serves families facing ALS throughout all of the Hawaiian Islands. Please visit our Hawaii ALS community page to learn more about local activities, monthly support groups, outreach events, and important news. Mahalo lui noa for your support!

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More Ways to Give

There are many ways that you can support the Golden West Chapter, from setting up a fundraiser on Facebook, to shopping on Amazon Smile, and purchasing one or more of books written by members of our ALS community.

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Walk to Defeat ALS

Our Walk to Defeat ALSŪ events are held between April and November throughout the Golden West Chapter's service area. Although we will not be gathering together in person this year, these annual community outreach events are still critical components of the Chapter’s care services, fundraising, and public awareness efforts in the fight against ALS. They are an opportunity to come together and honor people with ALS and their families, learn important information, and to show your support for the ALS community.

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Ride to Defeat ALS and Team Challenge ALS

Team Challenge ALS is The ALS Association Golden West Chapter's comprehensive endurance program to help fight ALS. Combine your passion and commitment to finding a cure for ALS while achieving physical challenges by participating in athletic events, such as our Rides to Defeat ALS, hikes, marathons, 5k's, basketball tournaments, and other endurance activities.

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Host your own event to support our Chapter

Using our online event tool, One Dollar Difference is an easy way to start fun and creative events to help raise funds on behalf of the Golden West Chapter. You can help support the ALS community and create a custom web page to promote your fundraiser anytime and anywhere! So go ahead and run a marathon, host a local community event, or donate your birthday to raise funds and help create a world without ALS.

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Celebrate a Loved One with ALS

Pay tribute to a friend or loved one affected by ALS by joining our Community of Hope. You can create a personalized web page, including photos and video, to share their story with your supporters and establish a lasting legacy in honor or memory of someone special's battle with ALS. It's quick and easy to get started, and we're here to help every step of the way!

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Discover More Ways to Help Fight ALS
 
ASK ME webinar: ALS and Palliative Care

 

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Read to Defeat ALS!
Read to Defeat ALS!

 

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ASK ME Educational Webinar Series

 

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Join us for our support groups!
Join us for our online Support Groups!

 

 
A resource for people living with ALS and their families
Learn about our Chapter ESRI Resource Maps

 

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Golden West Chapter Resources

Whether you’re newly diagnosed, navigating your journey with the disease, caring for a person with ALS, or researching the cure, there are resources to support you.

Let us help you and your family cope with the day-to-day challenges of living with ALS.

For People with ALS

Learn about our grant program, upcoming scientific meetings, and opportunities to collaborate.

For Researchers

Caring for someone with ALS can be challenging. We offer resources and support to help.

For Caregivers
 
 
Stay Connected With Us

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You Can Help Create A World Without ALS

Your gift will help The ALS Association Golden West Chapter support research to find treatments and cures for ALS, provide much-needed services to people with ALS and their families, and fund important public policy initiatives on behalf of the ALS commmunity. By becoming a part of the Golden West Chapter and making your gift today, you will help provide help and hope to thousands of people affected by ALS.