Vision: Create a World without ALS

As you know part of our mission is education, and to help our customers know more about the support organizations that exist in our community. The ALS Association—DC/MD/VA Chapter was founded in 1991 to servethe needs of those living with ALS and their families throughout Washington,D.C., Maryland and Virginia. So here are a few facts to help you learn more about the organization.

 

 

VISION: Create a world without ALS

MISSION:

Leading the fight against ALS through global

research and nationwide advocacy while also

empowering people with Lou Gehrig’s disease and

their families to live fuller lives by providing them

with compassionate care and support

ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)

also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive illness leaving

people unable to walk, talk, eat and finally to breathe. There is no cure.

Did you know:

  • Approx. 30,000 Americans are living with ALS
  • ALS can strike a person of any gender, age, religion and race
  • ALS is a service-related disease—military veterans are twice as likely to be diagnosed
  • ALS care can cost over $250,000 a year
  • The life expectancy is only 2-5 years
  • Every 90 minutes someone is diagnosed with ALS
  • Every 90 minutes someone dies from ALS

FREE PROGRAMS & SERVICES

The ALS Association—DC/MD/VA Chapter’s FREE programs and services are only made possible bythe generous support of people like you.

Home Visits                                                

Every person with ALS has an expert caseworkerto guide them through the challenges of ALS.

Assistive Technology Labs      

When someone with ALS loses the ability to speak,the Chapter provides them    with much-neededcommunication devices and support.

ALS Multidisciplinary Clinics              

People with ALS can see a variety of doctors andreceive comprehensive treatment all in one dayand all in one place.

Equipment Loan Closets                       

The Chapter provides access to the medicalequipment needed to make living with ALS easier.

Monthly Support Groups 

People with ALS and caregivers can receiveresources, information and fellowship.irginia.

 

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

SPONSOR        Consider sponsoring a Chapter event

PARTICIPATE   Join in the fun at a local event

VOLUNTEER    Explore volunteeropportunities with us

GIVE                Make a general, tributeor workplace donation

 

Want more Information? Please contact them below.

Regional Office

8100 Three Chopt Road, Suite 147

Richmond, VA 23229

T: (301) 978-9855

E: info@ALSinfo.org

W: ALSinfo.org

 

 

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ADA Pride Event

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Bruno 3210 Vertical Platform Lift (VPL) (Flood Zone Model)

Our Install team did a great job on this Outdoor Wheelchair Lift. This is a Bruno-3210 Vertical Platform Lift  (VPL) for a 9’ rise.  This is a flood zone model, which means all the wiring and batteries are up top in case of a flood. This unit will allow the client to easily go to the second floor.

 

 

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Get to know Ryan Green, our sixth highlighted employee in our  “Getting to Know us at Mobility Supercenter” 

 Ryan is a vehicle mobility consultant in our Richmond Store!

Q:  Tell me about yourself and your family.

A:  I am 44 years old and use a wheelchair due to a car accident 23 years ago. I was born in South Dakota then moved to Oregon in 2010 then moved here to RVA in 2016. I have 4 kids that I love very much.  They are Natalie, Brayden, Gavin and Chloe.

Q:  We know you love work, but do you have any hobbies or interests outside of work?

A:  Avid movie watcher and reader.  Love sports, hunting, and fishing.

Q:  Great, now let’s talk about work.  How long have you worked for Mobility Supercenter?

A:  2 years

Q:  What did you do prior to working here?  How did you end up here?

A:  I worked for a Mobility Dealer in Portland Oregon prior to moving here

Q:  As any job has, I am sure there are some challenges.  What would you say are the biggest challenges in your job?

A:  Trying to find products for customers in need who have very little resources.  I know what it’s like to be without transportation and not have the ability to come and go as you please.

Q:  Along with challenges I am sure there are some rewards.  What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

A:  Working with people!  I get the opportunity to really share my life story and struggles with having a disability and help others find resources they may not be aware of.  It’s nice to hear other people’s accomplishments as well!  Working here I have learned that many  people persevere and move on through tough situations to still live a happy and independent life!

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Introducing the Patriot Wheelchair Accessible Rear Entry Van now at Mobility Supercenter

This is a Rear Entry Patriot Van from Mobility Supercenter!

This van offers our clients a great value because it is a low mileage van with the rear entry conversion. We have many Patriot vans available with different configurations to meet your needs. The most important feature of these vans….  these are great vehicles at an affordable price!

 

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Sportable -Youth Adaptive Sports Series – Ages 5-12 • Road Racing • Cycling

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Powhatan Triad Senior Health Fair

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Sportable – Youth Adaptive Sports Series Ages 5-12 • Lacrosse • Wheelchair Basketball

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Chesterfield Triad

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The United Spinal Association of Virginia – SB 287 Statewide Trauma Registry; spinal cord injuries. 

 

 


The United Spinal Association of Virginia is a non-profit  organization founded in 2015 by two Richmonder’s 
 Sharon Drennan (the mother of a paraplegic young man, Rob), and Richard Bagby (a tetraplegic). 

The 501c3 operates under the mission to Educate, Empower and Enable individuals living with spinal cord injury and disease, living across the Commonwealth of Virginia, to achieve their highest level of health and independence. USAofVa is currently organized and operated entirely by committed volunteers and relies heavily on generous private donors and strong community partners who value disabled Virginians, specifically SCI’s.  www.unitedspinalva.org

“Virginians living with SCI/D have been an afterthought for far too long.  Thanks to the foresight and persistence of our Executive Director, Sharon Drennan, SB 287 will be a marked first step in recognizing a significant population of Virginians, so that organizations like the United Spinal Assoc. of Va. know the scope of the issues which we are chartered to tackle.”

-Richard Bagby, Deputy Director, United Spinal Association of Va

2018 has already gotten off to a wildly successful year for the United Spinal Association of Va.  During the past legislative session they were pleased to partner with Sen. Jennifer McClellan introduce SB 287 Statewide Trauma Registry; spinal cord injuries.  The bill is designed to require the state to capture data on SCI’s, and is pertinent to USAofVa’s efforts in reaching individuals across the state living with SCIs. The bill passed committee unanimously, before passing in the State Senate and House of Delegates, culminating with Governor Northam signing SB 287 into law!

USAofVa is also very excited to be launching bi-monthly workshops for their members and the community in 2018.  The workshops focus on various wellness and daily living topics coupled with designated time for injured members and caregivers to socialize and support each other.  These workshops will provide an excellent conduit from their ongoing Peer and Family Mentoring Program for newly injured Virginians to daily living, while providing valuable resources to folks who’ve been injured for some time as well.

Finally, USAofVa continues to work closely with Sheltering Arms and VCU Health Systems in an effort to marry the two organizations in a joint venture to build a state of the sciences rehab facility that will serve as a premier destination hospital for individuals from all over the Mid-Atlantic Region.  The joint venture will be breaking ground this May in Goochland County, with an expected completion date of March 2020.  This is a huge need and will be a remarkable resource for many Virginians.

www.unitedspinalva.org

 

 

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