The ALS Associaition

By : Zachary Schecter and Desmond Phillips


The ALS association is a non-profit organization that raises money for patient services and to research ALS(Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) which is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The ALS association’s mission is to try to cure(even though there is no current cure) ALS through research and experimenting with drugs to see if it makes an impact on ALS. The ALS association is an effective in accomplishing its goals for it spends most of its time doing research on ALS.

Mission Statement

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.

What is the issue or cause your charity supports ?

In addition, the ALS Association supports the prevention of ALS with global research that increased the number of scientists helping out. The ALS Association has raised $99 million to find an effective cure for ALS. That will eventually end the ALS disease from continuing. The ALS Association is working hard and won't stop until they reach their goal.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a fatal disease. It involves nerves dieing in the brain, and the spine that control the muscles. The association's nationwide network provides support for patients in need. All around the world they could help anyone with ALS and help treat them. The association knows ALS is a big problem and they’re doing everything they can.

How did the organization begin and grow into what it is now ?

From the earliest stages , the ALS Association recognized novel approaches that led to significant findings. The ALS Association operates with a global scope, so that the cure could come faster. Plus they fund all phases of ALS, and aim to translate research findings into meaningful therapies. They use everything possible to help the study in finding a cure for this disease.

The ALS Association is at the forefront of the global research effort to find treatments and a cure for ALS. They are so close to reaching a working treatment. “The significant progress made in ALS research as well as the identification of targets that make it more tractable to develop therapies for ALS”(ALS Association-What we do). They use Pluripotent stem cells generated from the individual's skin cells for drug development, and a possible cure for ALS.

What does the chosen charity do for the community ?

The ALS association also does a lot for its community. For example, “more than $99 million has been funded for research and other projects to stop ALS”(ALS Association-What We Do). Moreover, the ALS association guarantees care and supports to patients has shown in this fact, “Provide every person with ALS and their families to high quality, consistent, and compassionate services,”(ALS Association-Our Mission). The association even guarantees care.

Furthermore, the ALS association also does a lot for the community because it uses a lot of its money for research in order to make important discoveries and eventually find a cure. “One of these important discoveries is a gene called “c9orf72”(chromosome 9 open reading frame 72)”(ALS Association-What We Do). Although it is very scientific and very useful, I couldn’t find what it does. Moreover, “the association also cares for society because it is funding about 100 research projects right now”(ALS Association-What We Do)

How effective is the charity in accomplishing its goals ?

The ALS association is very effective in its cause. For example, on the website, Charity Navigator, it is rated four out of four stars. “Financially, it is 92.94%, while at Accountability and Transparency, the charity is rated at 97%”(The ALS Association). “The charity is also accountable because it spends 79.4% of its money on its program”(The ALS Association). Although, ALS has no real direct cure, there is still one drug that is capable of hindering ALS which is the most important discovery in 2 years. That is the only drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Furthermore, the ALS association is very devoting to its cause while being a non-profit organization.

The ALS association is also very trustworthy. It is trustworthy as shown in this statistic,“The ALS association serves more than 1,200 ALS patients each month.”(ALS Association-What We Do). The association devotes so much of its time to help out with people’s problems. This really shows that they care. Moreover, no other association is as thoughtful and caring . the ALS Association.

For More Information

If you want to learn more about the ALS Association or you know someone who has ALS, please click here for more information. Also, you can donate while on their website. If you want to become an advocate and support their cause, you can also click here.

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.

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