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


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


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.



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





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