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
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.
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.
8100 Three Chopt Road, Suite 147
Richmond, VA 23229
T: (301) 978-9855