October eNews
The 2019 Greater Sacramento Walk to Defeat ALS® is 2 Days Away!
Join us on Saturday, October 5 th as we celebrate the strength of our community and walk to create a world without ALS. Please click below to find all of the answers to your Walk Day questions, as well as a layout of the Walk route.
We are still $63,000 away from our $368,000 Walk goal with only two days to go! We need your help to meet our goal and continue to serve those living with ALS at the local level. Everything we do, every person served, every step toward a cure, is made possible because YOU walk. Make your gift today and help us reach our goal!
Elliot Homes Builds Hope
On a sunny summer morning in Folsom, Elliot Homes hosted the official dedication of Greg Houck Grove. The peaceful oak grove sits along the bike path at the corner of Empire Ranch Road and Buljan Drive, paying tribute to Greg’s lifelong passion for beautifying and preserving his community. It was an emotional and meaningful ceremony for Greg, his family, and all who know and respect him.
Price Walker, Vice President of Project Development for Elliot Homes, wrote these words about Greg and his impact on the Folsom community.

“Elliott Homes attempts to work closely with community leaders wherever they build. We get involved with Chambers of Commerce and try to support various activities and groups. Folsom has been an easy community for us since our offices are located here and many of us live here too.
Elliott Homes has had a professional connection to Greg Houck for nearly 30 years and his companies have performed landscape related jobs for us in many different capacities. At Empire Ranch, Greg has been involved in trail maintenance, flood control, park and open space maintenance, landscape design and build, and oak tree plantings. As Greg’s ALS became more advanced, several of us at Elliot Homes along with some vendors who also knew Greg decided we wanted to honor him for his work and commitment to the area.
Deciding what to do was not easy but, ultimately, we came up with the dedication of Greg Houck Grove, which stands as a grove of oak trees that Greg had planted as mitigation. The design and timeline to get the project completed took on a life of its own, but the result was a lasting tribute to Greg. We see the grove’s beauty as representative of what Folsom is all about and a place where you can stop and reflect. Greg Houck is the person we all should strive to be; unselfish and 100% committed to the betterment of mankind!”

Thank you, Elliot Homes, for your commitment to the Houck Family and for always striving to make your community a better place. The Chapter is grateful to have your support and work alongside you as we create a better world for those living with ALS. We couldn’t agree more that the world would be a nicer and more beautiful place if we all tried to be a little more like Greg!
ALS Association Thanks Community Following FDA Release of Final Guidance Document
Recently, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a finalized ALS Drug Development Guidance for Industry. This is one important step in comprehensive efforts to bring therapies to people with ALS more quickly.
Lunch & Learn:
The Art & Science of Caregiving
Join us on Saturday, October 26, 2019 for the first of a series of Lunch & Learns focused on improving the quality of life for caregivers navigating ALS. We will have a complementary lunch and each guest will receive a copy of Annalise's book, The Art & Science of Caregiving. Click below to view all of the details.
Save the Date for the Most Delicious Fundraising Event of the Year!
The 3 rd Annual Rib & Chili Cook-Off will take place on Saturday, October 12 th, 2019 at Vieira’s Resort in Isleton, CA! Proceeds benefit The ALS Association Greater Sacramento Chapter in memory of Fred Gollihar. For more information, please contact Cindy Gollihar at (925) 852-1172 or Cookoff4fred@yahoo.com.
Country Fest to Beat ALS is a Crowd
(and Office) Favorite!
On Saturday, September 28 th, The ALS Association Greater Sacramento Chapter joined forces with Campos Family Vineyards to host Country Fest to Beat ALS! The evening served as an inspiring and fun testament to the life of Patrick “Quinny” Ornellas, a close Campos Family friend who lost his battle with ALS ten years ago. As part of the tribute, Campos released a specialty wine called Quinny’s Blend. 

Opening band Jeff Ricketts & the Dirt Road Band kicked off the evening with their electrifying set of covers, and headliner Coffey Anderson captivated the crowd at both the VIP dinner and concert. We are pleased to announce that the evening raised $40,000 to help fund the Chapter’s local care service programs! Thank you to Campos Family Vineyards for hosting this incredible event. We’re already looking forward to next year!
2019 Black, Red & White Gala
Join us on November 9th to honor ALS heroes while raising funds to support research, public policy, and services that directly improve the lives of families living with ALS in our community. The Studio 54 themed Black, Red & White Gala offers guests a festive evening filled with a gourmet dinner, fondue bar, 70's themed cocktails, silent and live auctions, DJ, dancing and special live music guests The Cheeseballs. Please click here to get more information on tickets and corporate sponsorship opportunities.
Intimacy and Sexuality for People and
Partners with ALS
Monday, October 21, 2019
11:00am PST

Intimacy and sexuality are important aspects of a person's well-being. Kyla Laraway, MS, OTD, OTR/L will share information, tips and techniques related to communication, energy conservation, and new situations that support maintaining intimacy, comfort and security for people diagnosed with ALS and their partners.
A New Study Supported by The ALS Association May Provide a Novel Therapeutic Strategy for ALS
Research funded by The ALS Association found that defects in the mechanism that transports proteins and RNA between the nucleus and cytoplasm of cells within the human body may lead to ALS and that regulation of those systems could present a novel therapeutic strategy for ALS.
11 Ways to Maintain Nutrition in People with ALS
Adequate nutrition can become a critical concern for people living with ALS and their caregivers. Once ALS takes away a person’s ability to swallow safely, placement of a PEG (through the abdomen) feeding tube provides a viable option to maintain adequate nutrition.
Inaugural Class of the Jane Calmes Fund Hails from 25 States

The ALS Association has awarded $225,000 in scholarships to 45 inaugural recipients of the Jane Calmes ALS Scholarship Fund. The Fund provides financial support to students impacted by ALS.

The ALS Association Updates Terms of Service to Ensure Social Media Serves to Help Advance Our Mission

The ALS Association has published community guidelines for our social media channels. We review and update them regularly to stay current with best practices and the expressed wishes of our community.