|The ALS Association is the only national not-for-profit health organization dedicated solely to the fight against ALS. ALSA covers all the bases – research, patient and community services, public education, and advocacy – in providing help and hope to those facing the disease. The mission of The ALS Association (ALSA) is to find a cure for and improve living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Research The Association’s multifaceted research program includes peer-reviewed investigator-initiated scientific studies, cure-directed ALSA-initiated research and scientific workshops focusing on supporting ALS researchers. Since 1991, ALSA has awarded nearly $30 million to fund research seeking to identify the cause, means of prevention, and cure for ALS. Currently, ALSA-funded scientists are looking into 15 different research areas relevant to ALS. Advocacy The ALSA network plays a lead role in advocacy for increased public and private support of ALS research and health care reform that responds to the demands imposed by ALS. ALSA monitors and provides its national grassroots network of passionate volunteers with the information and support needed to keep healthcare professionals, the biotech community, the media and lawmakers abreast of challenges, as well as opportunities at hand in the ongoing fight against the disease. Patient and Community Services ALSA helps patients and families cope with the day to day challenges of living with ALS by providing information, resources, and referrals to many sources, including a wide variety of community services. Public Education & Awareness Through public outreach, media relations, and the Internet, ALSA continually raises awareness about ALS and the search for a cure.