The ALS Association
Ice Bucket Challenge Progress

Equipment Loan Closet Restocked and Expanded

Oregon and SW Washington Chapter

Serving people living with ALS in: Oregon and SW Washington

With the generosity and support of the Ice Bucket Challenge, The ALS Association Oregon and Southwest Washington Chapter has invested in services to help families living with ALS while committing substantial chapter funds to research.  

For instance, the chapter was able to restock its durable medical equipment and augmentative and alternative communication loan closets while adding more home-based assistive technology services. These help ensure people with ALS do not lose their ability to use computers, communicate, and direct their own lives. Additionally, the chapter has created new programming for children, teens, and young adults with a parent or grandparent with ALS, recognizing that it is in not just the patient that deals with ALS but the whole family. 

The chapter has also increased its respite and in-home care assistance programs by 30 percent, adding over 2,500 hours of professional caregiving hours for ALS families. Furthermore, the chapter has launched new awareness campaigns and television and radio public service announcements to keep awareness of ALS strong.

In the future, the chapter will add new mental health and counseling services to support people with ALS and their families, and continue to designate funds for local research that will lead to a treatment for ALS.

Barbara Roth and Colton Allen, people living with ALS, take action to #ChallengeALS at the Walk to Defeat ALS!

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