Our vision is to Create a World without ALS. Our Mission is to discover treatments and a cure for ALS, and to serve, advocate for and empower people affected by ALS to live their lives to the fullest. Our core values are COMPASSION, INTEGRITY, URGENCY.
Team Challenge ALS is an endurance program that challenges people to achieve physical and fundraising achievements for those who cannot. ALS is a neurodegenerative disease that affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, which eventually leads to muscle paralysis. The disease is always fatal. There is no cure and people with ALS live an average of 2-5 years after diagnosis.
The FDA recently approved Radicava, a new treatment for ALS which hopefully will slow the progression of the disease by 33%.
The ALS Association is the largest funder of non-government sponsored research in the country. Our care services programs help patients and family members by providing supports groups, equipment loan, assistive technology, insurance and benefits counseling and much more. We also advocate at the federal level for funding and laws to benefit ALS patients.
The money raised by the runners of Team Challenge ALS will be used to support all of these programs and hopefully lead us closer to creating a world without ALS!