ALS Association President & CEO Jane H. Gilbert Shares a New Year’s Message of Hope
As we welcome 2014, I would like to thank you for your steadfast support of The ALS Association. Together, I know we remain dedicated to creating a world without ALS. For many, the New Year serves as a time to make future plans, but this can be difficult for people with Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The insidious nature of ALS prompts those living with the disease to immediately focus on what’s most important in life: spending valuable time with their loved ones and living life to the fullest. Individuals battling the disease treasure each moment of their lives as ALS affects each person differently. Love and encouragement from family and friends motivates people on an ALS journey to summon both strength and courage to fight this disease.
It’s the perseverance of the valiant individuals and those who selflessly serve in their circle of care that motivates us at The Association to persist in following our mission. That mission involves 38 chapters and 33 certified centers that provide care programs for people with the disease, public policy initiatives that help to enhance the quality of life for ALS families, and a world-class research program. These mission priorities guide The Association and our partners in academia, health care, and local, state and national legislatures as we continue the quest to find treatments, and ultimately a cure, for Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
The spirit and tenacity from the ALS community continues to amaze and inspire us. Here at The Association, we are honored by your determination to help us eradicate ALS. Whether you share your story online, participate in a Walk to Defeat ALS®, enroll in clinical trials, travel to Washington, D.C., to meet with our nation’s leaders, or donate to research, your actions show both the individual and collective efforts necessary to defeat this disease. Your dedication and participation help us fulfill our important mission.
Your ongoing support is the cornerstone that will help us attain our mutual objective – the end of ALS. I know you join me in hoping that the New Year brings us one step closer to that goal.