The Greater Sacramento Chapter of the ALS Association was founded in September 1987 with the hope of providing an opportunity for ALS patients and their families to come together, share concerns & information, and build awareness in the Sacramento Community.
Soon after, a core group of patients, composed of Charles Sanderson, Guy Boehmer, Reid Bellis, Edward Morant, and the Thompson family members became the driving force behind the rapidly growing group. With their leadership and community support the Chapter held its first fundraiser, a garage sale, which netted $3,000.
In April of 1989, the Greater Sacramento Chapter was officially recognized as a chartered Chapter of the ALS Association, the only national not-for-profit voluntary health organization dedicated solely to the fight against ALS.
Monthly meetings continued to grow with speakers addressing ALS related issues, patient and caregiver support and the planning our first major fundraiser—all providing hope to families struggling with the disease.
The demand for services grew to include an equipment loan closet; a video library of ALS related topics, bi-monthly newsletters, as well as raising public awareness about the disease.
As the demand for services grew the Chapter looked to Glenn Dougherty to provide leadership in the first annual “Links Fore Life” golf tournament and banquet benefit.
The tournament eventually evolved into our annual gala dinner “the Evening of Hope” and our “Walk to D’feet ALS” in 2000. Each event has grown through the years, thanks to our dedicated volunteers—enabling us to expand our programs and services, build our staff and strengthen our Board of Directors.
Through the years thousands of ALS patients have been helped through the Greater Sacramento Chapter. Their courage and spirit continues to inspire in each and every one of us as we continue to seek to unlock the mystery of ALS.
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.