Since its inception in 2002, our local chapter of The ALS
Association is the central source for services and education for people with
ALS, their families, caregivers, and health care professionals in all of Oregon
and the six counties of Southwest Washington. The progression of ALS varies
significantly from one person to another. Responding to each person’s
individual needs, our local chapter is available to provide vital services and
Leading the fight to treat and cure 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.
About ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease):
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou
Gehrig’s Disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that slowly robs a
person of their ability to walk, speak, swallow and, eventually breathe. With
no known cause or cure, a person can expect to live typically 2 to 5 years from
the time of diagnosis.
no racial, ethnic or socioeconomic boundaries and in only 10% of cases there is
a family history of ALS. Today, there are approximately 30,000 people in the US
living with ALS and 5,600 people are diagnosed each and every year in the
US. At any given time, there are an estimated 400-500 families living with
ALS in Oregon and SW Washington.
more, please visit our chapter website at www.alsa-or.org.
chapter receives no government or insurance funding. Our mission is funded
solely by events such as the Ski to Defeat ALS.