The ALS Association welcomes BAYADA Home Health Care as a national partner and a Walk to Defeat ALS® Gold National Team. The suburban Philadelphia, Pa.- based company, which provides nursing, rehabilitative, therapeutic, hospice, and assistive care services to children, adults, and seniors in the comfort of their homes, has joined forces with The Association to raise ALS awareness and plans to work closely with families who are battling the progressive neurodegenerative disease.
“Many of our clients and employees have been personally touched by ALS over the years,” said Mark Baiada, Founder and President of BAYADA Home Health Care. “We are truly honored to play a greater role in helping those affected by the disease to live their lives with comfort, independence, and dignity until there’s a cure.”
As a Gold National Team, BAYADA will be starting Walk teams for chapters of The ALS Association in cities across the U.S. this year and will work with chapters to provide care to ALS families at the local level. BAYADA will also work with The Association to develop a training program to better prepare their caregivers to work with people with ALS and their families. Currently, BAYADA is working with The Association’s Greater Philadelphia Chapter and has featured the story of one of the chapter’s former patients, Kathryn Voit, and her husband Gerry in its BAYADA stories. Voit gallantly battled ALS from 1998 - 2012.
“We are thrilled about the potential being unleashed with two large, very passionate, organizations working together for a common cause. We’re proud to walk with The ALS Association and to support the important work they do for the many afflicted by this terrible disease,” said David J. Totaro, Chief Marketing and Government Affairs Officer for BAYADA.
ALS Association President & CEO Jane H. Gilbert echoes Totaro’s enthusiasm. “We are excited to begin this partnership with BAYADA,” she said. “Both of our organizations share a connection in that we work directly with those who are fighting on the front lines of this disease, including people with ALS and their families, researchers, physicians and other health care professionals who provide care to those living with the disease. I know this partnership will broaden awareness to those who have never heard about ALS.”
In addition to partnering with The Association and its chapters, BAYADA will also participate in the 2013 National ALS Advocacy Day and Public Policy Conference, which takes place each May in Washington, D.C. The three-day conference empowers people with ALS and their families by allowing these individuals to meet and share their stories with their Members of Congress on Capitol Hill. During these meetings, these families advocate for policies specifically designed to hasten the development of treatments for Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
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