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What is ALS

What is ALS?
ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease and we need your help to find a cure.
What is ALS?

ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease and we need your help to find a cure.

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Our Mission
To discover treatments and a cure for ALS, and to serve, advocate for, and empower people affected by ALS to live their lives to the fullest.
The ALS Association Greater Sacramento Chapter provides comprehensive care services and advocacy to families living with ALS throughout 24 Northern California Counties, while leaving no stone unturned in the quest for a cure.
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Help create a world without ALS by getting involved in the way that best suits YOU! When you fundraise with friends and family you take us closer to discovering a cure.

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Support Group Meetings

The Greater Sacramento Chapter offers professionally faciliated Support Group Meetings across 24 Northern California counties to provide patients, caregivers, and loved ones with the support, tools, and knowledge they need to live life to the fullest. To find our full list of Support Group Meetings and their dates/locations, please click here


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Read our 2018 Annual Report!

The generous contributions of our donors, sponsors, and community partners make a difference in the lives of those living with ALS every day. Because of your support, The ALS Association Greater Sacramento Chapter continues to grow our service offerings and reach new heights in the fight against ALS. We are committed to transparently reporting on our activities and associated financial costs. Take a moment to read our newly released 2018 Annual Report to learn more about how your support has impacted the ALS community.

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Mission: To improve the quality of life for families living with ALS by strategically funding critical programs and initiatives that advance care services.

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Combat ALS--Become A Sustaining Member Today!

May is ALS Awareness Month and we're looking to build an army of supporters to enable us to continue the mission of finding a cure for ALS.  For a limited time, the first 50 people to join us in combatting ALS will receive an exclusive sustaining member gift.

Its simple, sign up as a sustaining member in the fight against ALS with a monthly donation of $25-- that's less than $1 a day!  To honor your commitment to a cure, we will send you our exclusive Combat ALS California camo ball cap!

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Did you know that you can create a fundraising campaign to support local families affected by ALS?  Many of your facebook friends celebrate their birthday by raising funds in support of causes that are near and dear to their heart-now you can too!

Join your friends, family and fellow philanthropists in creating a fundraiser for The ALS Association Greater Sacramento Chapter in support of those currently living with ALS.  It's easy, environmentally friendly and heartwarming-set up your fundraiser today by clicking here.

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Laugh to Death: My Rx for Dying Well with ALS, is a collection of funny vignettes, chronicles a doctor's end-of-life journey with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.  Welsh's unique outlook as a doctor-turned-patient, while at times serious and somber, is more often hilarious, if not irreverent.  Throughout-from the time of his self-diagnosis until his passing six years later-Martin F. Welsh, M.D., reveals how a terminally ill person's attitude can profoundly affect their quality of life.  Every patient, family member, caregiver, and health provider will benefit from his unique perspective of a doctor becoming a patient and ultimately a teacher.  Laugh to Death is a powerful tribute to the resiliency of the human spirit.  

The book is now available for purchase at

A very special thanks to Maureen Gill for her generous donation of books to the ALS community in Sacramento.  The reviews from pALS and cALS have been overwhelming and they are thankful for her generosity, and above everything else, they are grateful for the keen and witty insights of how to make a very difficult conversation in the ALS community a little easier.

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Sacramento Chapter Newsletter - February 2020

Open the newsletter by clicking on the Newsletter button below.
This month's issue has updates and information about:

  • The 2020 Walk to Defeat ALS website is LIVE!
  • Upcoming Events and Save the Dates
  • ALS research investments


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For previous issues of the newsletter, please click HERE




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Learn about our grant program, upcoming scientific meetings, and opportunities to collaborate.

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Your gift will help The ALS Association support research to find a cure for ALS and provide much-needed services to patients and their families. By becoming a part of The ALS Association family and making your gift today, you will help sustain hope in thousands of people affected by ALS.