The ALS Association recently announced changes being made in efforts to enhance the care for those who suffer from ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, in the state of Texas. North Texas, the greater Houston area, and South Texas chapters are merging into a statewide association.
The former chapters of the ALS Association have made the decision to expand the program because it’s important for this non-profit program to work in a more efficient matter in a large area such as Texas.
“The primary goal of the changes to our structure is to provide an even higher level of care and support to ALS patients, their families and their caregivers,” said David Chayer, Executive Director of the new Texas chapter of the ALS Association. “We can utilize best practices from one area of Texas served by a local ALS office and use those best practices to improve or expand into other areas that may not have had the resources in the past,” he said.
ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. It is a fatal disease where one loses the control of their muscle movements.
“The state of Texas is a big and important location for the ALS Association to improve,” said Chayer. “The merger will bring greater opportunities for growth and statewide financial support as well as increasing awareness.”
“From something as simple as referring an ALS family to our chapter for help to something more involved like leading a walk team or becoming a leadership volunteer, knowledge and advocacy are critical,” Chayer said. “Texas is a big state and we need a Texas-sized approach to gaining more advocates, more donors and more leaders who want to join us in helping others.”
The amount of those who are diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease is growing in the United States and approximately 700 Texans are suffering from it. Every 90 minutes, on average, someone dies or is diagnosed with ALS.
The changes of the Texas ALS Association are still in the process of improving and it will gradually become a stronger program to help the families and awareness of Lou Gehrig‘s disease.
“This is an exciting time for the ALS Association to expand its reach across Texas,” said ALS Association President and CEO Jane H. Gilbert. “Building more partnerships around the state will help get us one step closer to attaining our vision of creating a world without ALS.”
These changes in the ALS Association in Texas will bring hope and care for those who suffer from ALS and provide a stronger system of expanding efforts to help.
“With more efficient and streamlined internal operations, and a new vision and strategic plan for The ALS Association in Texas,” Chayer said. “We will soon be embarking on not just a transition but a transformation of helping ALS patients and their families.”