March eNews
Big Day of Giving 2019

On May 2 , 2019, we will be participating in the Big Day of Giving, a 24-hour online giving challenge that collaborates and connects nonprofits to the Greater Sacramento community, to tell the story of the powerful impact the ALS Association Greater Sacramento Chapter has had on our local ALS community. Everything we do at our Chapter is in support of those impacted by ALS. By integrating the care we provide, the policies we advocate for, and the global research we advance, we will fulfill our vision of a world without ALS.
Keep an eye on our social media for more information, and check out our Big DOG page by clicking the button below!
Our Open House

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who came out to celebrate the Greater Sacramento Chapter's new community resource center in Citrus Heights! We are so grateful to be part of such an incredible community.

These moments filled with good food, great people, love and a lot of laughs is what it is all about.

If you couldn't make it to our open house, please stop by for a tour of our new facility at 5701 Sunrise Blvd in Citrus Heights.

2019 Walk to Defeat ALS
We are so excited to invite all of our pALS, cALS, family, friends and corporate partners to join us for the 2019 Walk to Defeat ALS®, held on Saturday, October 5th, 2019 at Raley Field in West Sacramento. The Walk is The ALS Association Greater Sacramento Chapters biggest fundraiser of the year; a time and place for us to come together and stand in solidarity to honor the courageous souls who are affected by ALS, to remember those who have passed, and to show support for the cause. When you Walk to Defeat ALS©, you help expand the programs and services that benefit people living with the disease across the nation and in our community.

Register your team by clicking the link below and join us in our quest to END ALS!
Please do not hesitate to reach out to Stefanie Daniels at for any questions you may have or for support along the way!
Ready to Ride to Defeat ALS?

When: September 21st 2019

Where: Yountville Veterans Home Picnic Grounds

The 15th Annual Napa Valley Ride to Defeat ALS is a one-day cycling event designed to appeal to every level of cyclist and supporter of The ALS Association. Every participant can count on support from start to finish with rest stops, SAG (support and gear) vehicles, route monitors, and CHP presence. Upon completing the tour, riders are welcomed back by cheering crowds and finish line festivities that include a live band, a delicious BBQ lunch, and more!

Contact Stefanie Daniels for more information and to register at or 916-979-9265
Team Challenge ALS

Grab a friend and join Team Challenge ALS in 2019! Combine your passion and commitment to finding a cure for ALS while achieving physical challenges through athletic events, such as marathons, triathlons, long-distance rides, swimming, and other endurance activities. You will get fit, make new friends, and change lives!
Contact Fundraising & Special Events Manager Stefanie Daniels at or 916-979-9265 for more info
A Donors Story
My mother, Cindy, was diagnosed with ALS in January 2013. The ALS Association, both the Chapter and the National office, were incredible resources through her struggle with this vicious disease. My mother passed away in July 2015 after a hard-fought battle, through which she always remained "Cindy Strong." After seeing her strength, I was determined to always support this cause. I decided to make a beneficiary gift to both the Chapter and National office of The ALS Association for research and to assist families in need. I have seen the debilitating nature of this disease and hope that this gift will be able to make a difference for other families who are affected by this disease." -- Dr. Shelly M. Catlett, DMD

What Will You Leave Behind?
Most of us want to do good deeds, many of which will leave a lasting impression on our loved ones. And if the good that we do includes supporting causes we’re passionate about, then we’ve applied our good deeds to a wider purpose by helping these organizations reach out more broadly for the benefit of many. 
Indeed, The ALS Association Greater Sacramento Chapter exists to do good deeds. More specifically, to create a world without ALS. But we cannot do this alone. We rely on you. You who values our mission and what we aim to accomplish. You are an important partner in our work, and we are grateful for your commitment to our mission.
Did you know that there’s a way to continue your good deeds after your lifetime?  
By leaving a legacy of support through your will, trust or other gift plan, you will leave a final, important impact on The ALS Association Greater Sacramento Chapter and our ability to further our mission in the future. 
These “legacy” gifts, also known as “planned gifts,” include a gift in your will or living trust, a beneficiary designation on your life insurance policy or retirement plan, or through a charitable gift annuity which is an impactful gift that also provides a steady stream of income for you for life.
Each carries tax and financial benefits for you or your estate and you have the flexibility with each option to direct your gift to a specific program or area you wish to support. In all cases, you will help us secure our future and our ability to continue serving those living with ALS and their families and to find treatments and a cure for ALS.
What does a planned gift to The ALS Association Greater Sacramento Chapter do?
·         It signals to family and friends the strength of your commitment to our mission.
·         It tells them that it was important to you to leave a final gift to carry on your belief in our work.
·         It also shows them that you trust us to carry out our mission in an efficient and effective way.
Perhaps they, too, will be inspired to follow in your footsteps by leaving a legacy of support to a cause that means something special to them when the time comes. 
Of course, your gift also provides important support to The ALS Association Greater Sacramento Chapter. Planned gifts arrive at unexpected times, but they are always important and welcome contributions to our mission. These gifts are particularly special to us because we know it takes thoughtfulness, planning, and dedication for someone to remember us through a planned gift, and we are truly grateful.
Your planned gift can inspire others.
What better way to expand your good deeds more broadly than you might have imagined possible? Raising your hand and declaring that you have made a planned gift to The ALS Association Greater Sacramento Chapter will encourage others to make their own gift to us or to another cause that’s important to them.
If you have already included our work in your will, trust or other gift plan, thank you. It would be our honor to express our gratitude to you personally, so we encourage you to let us know if you have indeed remembered us in this unique and meaningful way.
Telling us about the gift you made will not bind you in any way, but it will give us the opportunity to tell you how much it means to us and help us plan for our future. 
If you’re interested in how you can make your own planned gift, we encourage you to contact us. Our staff is knowledgeable about the various types of gifts that can create your future legacy, and we would be honored to talk with you about your personal, family and financial goals and recommend appropriate gift options. 
Please contact us to find out more. We’re here to help.
Amy Sugimoto, Executive Director
This publication is intended to provide general gift planning information. Our organization is not qualified to provide specific legal, tax or investment advice, and this publication should not be looked to or relied upon as a source for such advice. Consult with your own legal and financial advisors before making any gift
Home Modifications for People Living with ALS
Speaker: Alisa Brownlee, ATP, CAPS
Monday, April 29, 2019
11:00am PST

The progressive nature of ALS often means people will face mobility and activity of daily living challenges within their own homes. Assistive Technology Professional and Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist Alisa Brownlee will share valuable information and tips related to home modifications for safety and convenience.
Registration Open for the 2019 National ALS Advocacy Conference
Registration is now open for the 2019 National ALS Advocacy Conference, which will be held June 9-11 at the J.W. Marriott in Washington, D.C. After a day and a half of meetings and training sessions, ALS Advocates from across the country will take to Capitol Hill on June 11 to advocate with their senators and representatives.
ALS in the Military

The ALS Association has developed a report, “ALS in the Military: Unexpected Consequences of Military Service,” that details the numerous studies that have been conducted which have found that military veterans, regardless of the branch of service...

Handling Hospital Visits When You Have ALS

Even though ALS is a disease that has its own health implications, people with ALS are not immune from other injuries or medical issues. Individuals with ALS can still get sick or hurt themselves in ways unrelated to the disease.