Donations raised through the 2014 ALS Ice Bucket Challenge spurred a massive increase in The ALS Association’s capacity to invest in promising research, the development of assistive technologies, and increased access to care and services for people with ALS.
The ALS Association has tripled the amount of money allocated to research in the years since the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, leading to greater scientific output and a greater understanding of the disease pathways and potential strategies for new therapies. In addition, the Association funded 29 new ALS Certified Treatment Centers of Excellence and 20 new Recognized Treatment Centers to increase the availability of ALS multidisciplinary care.
Locally, the ALS Association Georgia Chapter has been able to launch several new direct care programs, specifically, the Georgia Chapter Care Grant Program, The Sally Panfel In-Home Care & Respite Program, and the Paul B. Williams Transportation Program. Ice Bucket Challenge funds have also been used to support case management and guidance, durable medical equipment loan, educational outreach, and support programs expansion.
Many thanks to everyone who donated during the Ice Bucket Challenge, and who continue to support our mission. We could not provide the resources and support to families living with ALS without you.