ALS Association Arizona Chapter Awarded $10K from COVID-19 Community Support Fund
By Claire Natale -
Friday Apr 30, 2021
The ALS Association Arizona Chapter is excited to announce it recently received a grant of $10,000 provided by the COVID-19 Community Support Fund held at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, a non-profit that connects donors to the causes they care about, serving as a link between philanthropy and the community’s needs.
“Because COVID-19 has severely impacted the way that nonprofits like ours provide services and raise funds, we are grateful to the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona for providing us with a grant to allow us to continue providing much needed services to people with ALS, and their families, throughout Southern Arizona,” said Taryn Norley, President and CEO of the ALS Association Arizona Chapter.
ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is a terminal illness that causes patients to go from full functionality to the complete loss of voluntary muscle movement needed to move, eat, talk, and breath, decreasing quality of life at a time when it matters most and resulting in death in an average of two to five years. The ALS Association Arizona Chapter employs a multi-dimensional approach to serve, advocate for, and support the physical, emotional, and social needs of people with ALS and their families, allowing them to live their lives to the fullest.
The funding will allow the association to provide an array of services including an equipment loan program, counseling to cope with their terminal illness, and respite to assist with the rigors of caregiving in order to aid those suffering with ALS in maintaining their safety and quality of life. In addition, the chapter offers wheelchair accessible transportation, multidisciplinary medical care, support groups, connection to community resources, and more.
Finding a cure to the disease is an ongoing journey, which is why the importance of donations like this are crucial to the cause.
For more information on the ALS Association Arizona Chapter, visit the website at alsaz.org. Like the organization on Facebook at ALS Association Arizona Chapter.
About ALS Arizona Chapter
The ALS Association Arizona Chapter provides services and support to patients suffering from ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The ALS Association is the only national nonprofit devoted solely to the fight against Lou Gehrig’s disease on all fronts. These include patient and family services and programs, community outreach, and research. ALS is 100% fatal with no known cause, cure, or effective treatment. Upon diagnosis, patients have only 2-5 years to live, and expenses for those living with ALS average $200,000 annually.
About Community Foundation for Southern Arizona
Since 1980, the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (CFSA) has been a trusted philanthropic partner helping individuals, families, businesses, and nonprofits work together to create an equitable and vibrant community for all Southern Arizonans. To date, CFSA has awarded over $200 million in grants and scholarships. For more information, please visit http://www.cfsaz.org or call 520-770-0800.