February 2020 eNews
The 2020 Walk to Defeat ALS Website is Officially LIVE!
 
Join us at  Sutter Health Park (previously Raley Field) on Saturday, October 3, 2020  for the largest community outreach event of the year. We will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Walk to Defeat ALS—so alumni teams, please consider making a comeback for this very important event! Your participation drives ALS awareness across Northern California and raises fund to support local care services & programs that support the ALS community throughout 24 Northern California counties.
 
This year, there are many opportunities for corporations to show their love and support of the ALS community. If you or someone you know is looking for a partnership that will elevate your brand, please reach out to Stefanie Daniels at SDaniels@alssac.org or call (916) 979-9265.
In Case You Missed It: The ALS Association invests $3 million in first ever ALS platform trial to speed up clinical trial process

The ALS Association launched a major initiative, investing $3 million ($1 million per year over three years) in the first ever ALS Platform Trial. The trial will take place at the Sean M. Healey & AMG Center for ALS at Mass General in collaboration with the Barrow Neurological Institute and the Northeast ALS Consortium (NEALS).
Announcing the launch of our new Redding Support Group!
Monday, February 10th
10:30am -12:00pm
Held at the Redding Library
(2nd Floor, Fireside Reading Room) 
1100 Parkview Ave. Redding, CA 96001
The Greater Sacramento Chapter provides a wide range of Support Group Meetings throughout 24 Northern California counties. 
For a complete list, please click here.     
ALS Association Board Member Urges Congress to Protect the Right to Breathe

Tommy May, a member of The ALS Association  National Board of Trustees , published a column in Morning Consult, a leading digital media platform among lawmakers, today urging Congress to protect access to noninvasive ventilators. May was diagnosed with ALS in 2005. He has used a ventilator since 2013 when his disease progression made it difficult for him to breathe on his own.
Through Sickness and Health: A Couple’s Love Perseveres in the Face of ALS

With Valentine's Day near, we want to share this heartwarming story of Jeff and Darlene. These two remind us that true love does exist.
Be sure to also checkout the Valentine's series on our Facebook page and get inspired by the epic love stories from couples in the Greater Sacramento ALS community.
ALS and a Strange Flu Season


People with ALS often experience a wide variety of challenges related to weakened swallowing and respiratory muscles, including difficulty managing saliva, coughing and clearing secretions. Consequently, it’s imperative to take steps to avoid any respiratory infections, especially the flu.