Why We Need Your Help

This crippling disease can strike anyone. Presently there is no known cause of the disease though support is bringing researchers closer to an answer. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has heightened awareness of the disease throughout the country and around the world, and it has also raised more than $200 million. But the stark reality is that research and treatment are very, very expensive: the cost of bringing just one new drug to market is between $1 billion and $2 billion.  Although researchers are improving their understanding of ALS with every passing month, there are no blockbuster drugs poised to clear the hurdles of clinical trials or about to receive FDA approval.  In the meantime, it costs an average of $200,000 a year to provide the care needed by a single ALS patient.


Donations to the Winthrop Family Scholar Fund in ALS Research support:

  1. Basic scientific research at the lab level.
  2. Translational research, i.e. translating lab level findings to pre-clinical trials in patients.
  3. Clinical trials with ALS patients, both observational and interventional.

The ALS Association is fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease on every front, leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified clinical care centers, and fostering government partnerships.


Help make a difference. and donate or join Charity Miles or our walk in October.  With your help, we will be able to make a difference in the lives of people affected by this disease. I encourage you to get your friends, family, neighbors and coworkers involved!


Download the Charity Miles app and donate your miles to the National ALS Association.  You get fit and you make an impact by earning money for charity when you walk, run, bike and otherwise track your fitness.