Helping people navigate ALS

The ALS Association is dedicated to discovering treatments and a cure for ALS, and to empowering people affected by ALS to live their lives to the fullest. The ALS Association Western Pennsylvania Chapter works to improve the quality of life for those living with ALS through direct care and support, state and national advocacy and global research. To cast your vote, use the social media buttons to share this story, or leave a comment below. If the nonprofit reaches 500 votes, the $5,000 donation they’ve already earned doubles to $10,000!

Providing support and hope

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. As it progresses, it causes people to lose their ability to walk, talk, eat and eventually breathe. Scientific advancements in recent years have led to the creation of drugs that have shown promise in slowing the progression of ALS. After several years of stagnant research, these new findings are providing hope for a better future to the ALS community.

Established in 1982, The ALS Association Western PA Chapter serves around 350 people with ALS in the region each year. The Chapter provides medical equipment loans, home visits with social workers and other medical professionals, transportation services, home modifications, support groups and other resources to people living with ALS and their families. The nonprofit also helps fund research and directly advocates for those living with ALS.

These services and initiatives are funded by the generous supporters of The ALS Association, including Rich Boyer, President of Exchange Underwriters. Because of a personal connection to the disease, a few years ago Boyer chose to give the money raised at the annual Exchange Underwriters employee holiday party to The Chapter. Through this donation, an incredible partnership was born.

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“Rich and his network make an incredible impact on our ALS community,” said Amie Olson, Director of Development at The ALS Association Western PA Chapter. “Their efforts improve the lives of those currently living with ALS and their families as well as bringing us closer to a cure.”

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“Rich and his network make an incredible impact on our ALS community.” – Amie Olson, Director of Development, The ALS Association Western PA Chapter

 

Soaking up donations for ALS       

Boyer lost his father to ALS, which drives his passion to support the cause. Since 2017, he has inspired his agency of 27 employees to join the fight against ALS by donating their time and effort to raise funds. In 2021, they brought in more than $10,000 for those living with ALS, their highest fundraising total yet. Boyer himself takes his personal investment seriously and is currently on the Chapter’s Board of Directors and serves on the CEO Soak committee, which supports the nonprofit’s most successful fundraiser.

During the CEO Soak, corporate executives stand in the middle of the PPG Place Plaza in downtown Pittsburgh and get soaked by the fountain for ALS. Last year, the event brought in a remarkable $250,000 for The Chapter. The CEO Soak, founded in Pittsburgh in 2017, has been so successful that the event is now a National Signature Event of the Association with nearly 20 Soaks being hosted throughout the country this year.

Thanks to an unwavering community and dedicated supporters, the CEO Soak continued to grow throughout the pandemic. Boyer played a part in this growth by recruiting his network to join him in the fountain.

 

A personal connection to the cause

“Having lost my father to ALS, I understand what other families go through,” said Boyer. “The ALS Association provides so much help to those suffering from this disease, and we want to do our part in providing the support that people deserve.”

 

“The ALS Association provides so much help to those suffering from this disease, and we want to do our part in providing the support that people deserve.” Rich Boyer, President, Exchange Underwriters, Inc.

 

Improving lives in the ALS community   

A $10,000 donation from Liberty Mutual and Safeco Insurance would help to fund care, specialized equipment and home modifications for those living with ALS across western and central Pennsylvania. Help Exchange Underwriters win another $5,000 for The ALS Association Western PA Chapter by leaving a comment below and sharing their story to social media using the buttons to the left.

 

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Eileen Stevenson
17 days ago

My mom had ALS and I’d like to do whatever I can to help.

Michael Winne
17 days ago

Thank You!

Jessica Wrigley
19 days ago

Thank you for all your hard work, well done!

Mary
20 days ago

Thank you for your support and hope.

Amelia
22 days ago

Thank you!

Joyce Hammond
23 days ago

It affects both men and women.

Bill Folkerts
23 days ago

Class act! Worthy cause.

Marcy Mouzaffar
23 days ago

Yes

Haylie Walther
23 days ago

Voted!!

Tara
23 days ago

Thank you

Jamie Nicholls
23 days ago

Thank you!

Tom
23 days ago

Great cause

Bonnie Oller
23 days ago

Thank you!

Sheree
23 days ago

Thank you for your compassion and support for those who are battling this disease. We support your efforts, in memory of my husband’s uncle and aunt.

Brenna Cipoletti
23 days ago

Thank you!

Ashley
23 days ago

Thank you!

LORI
23 days ago

GREAT JOB

Camille Naylor
23 days ago

Thank you for making a difference!

Wendy Banco
23 days ago

In loving memory of John Banco, who was the kindest sweetest and most loving man. He bravely and courageously fought the battle against ALS. We love you Poppy!

Katherine
23 days ago

Great work!

Deborah
23 days ago

Good work!

Emily
23 days ago

Thank you!

Kate
23 days ago

Good job!

Debbie
23 days ago

Good Job!

Tammy Johnson
23 days ago

Thank you

Kelly proudfit
23 days ago

Thank you

Erin Helmkamp
23 days ago

Keep it up!

Jina DeRubbo
23 days ago

Thank you

Abbey Durig
23 days ago

Thank you!

Lisa Pilarcik
23 days ago

Almost there!!

Brenda Scott
23 days ago

Thank you

Margaret A
23 days ago

Awesome!

Christa Harden
23 days ago

Great Job!

Jarrod Durig
23 days ago

Thank you!

Jeaneen Ritchey
24 days ago

Keep up the great work!!!!!

DIAN COKEL
24 days ago

KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK

Tatiana Y.
24 days ago

Love this!

Chloe Emerick
24 days ago

Amazing!

Terri
24 days ago

Keep up the good work!

Lesa Turkovich
24 days ago

keep up the great work.

Kathy Church
24 days ago

Thank You!

Dave
24 days ago

Great cause!

KIMBERLEY HICKS
24 days ago

THANK YOU!

Tammy Fordyce
24 days ago

Awesome work!

Erica B
24 days ago

Thank you 🙂

Abby
24 days ago

Thank You Liberty Mutual for your generous donation

T Michalak
24 days ago

Thank you!

Erica Bartolomeo
24 days ago

Thanks SO much!!

J Bautista
24 days ago

Thank you!

Jenny Bautista
24 days ago

Thank you

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