Health Hero Giving Day


Be a health hero! People impacted by life-altering health diagnoses need your help. By making a gift on Health Hero Giving Day, hosted by United Way of the Midlands and the Combined Health Agencies Drive on Feb. 24th, you can provide them with the hope and support they need to navigate difficult health challenges. Scroll down to learn more about the 21 participating CHAD health agencies and make your gift today!

United Way of the Midlands has been a proud partner of Combined Health Agencies Drive since 1987.


ALS Association Mid-America Chapter

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Agency Name: ALS Association Mid-America Chapter


Why your gift is needed:

The ALS Association is leading the fight to treat and cure ALS through global research and nationwide advocacy while also empowering people with ALS/Lou Gehrig's Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support.

  • More than 100 people living with ALS in Nebraska are being served by the Chapter. 85 of those individuals live in the greater Omaha/Council Bluffs area.
  • Every 90 minutes, someone is diagnosed with or passes away from ALS.

What your gift will do:

  • $10 provides adaptive equipment such as utensils or zipper pulls to aid in activities of daily living.
  • $25 covers the cost of an LCD writing tablet, allowing a person with ALS to communicate with those around them.
  • $50 provides 12 Living with ALS guides to help individuals and families better understand the progression of ALS.
  • $100 pays for a home visit by a care services coordinator to respond to the physical and emotional needs of a family dealing with ALS.
  • $250 funds an individualized health care plan from the multidiscipline team at an ALS Treatment Center of Excellence.
  • $400 provides a $400 grant to assist families with the challenges they face every day.
  • $1,000 covers the cost of mobility and communication devices not covered by insurance.

Agency Summary:

  • Education through materials and programs for people with ALS, caregivers and families
  • Equipment and Adaptation Program provides patients with the evaluation of equipment needs; identification of the best source of recommended devices and adaptations; and an equipment loan program with items ranging from power wheelchairs and electronic communication devices to small things like button fasteners.
  • Resources & Referral: The Care Services Team members link people with ALS to appropriate resources to navigate the complex system of health, social, legal and financial services.
  • Advocacy & Public Policy Program: The ALS Association's Chapter network plays a lead role in advocating for increased public funding and private support of ALS research and public policy initiatives that respond to the needs of people with ALS.
  • The Care Services Team provides education and awareness of ALS and the programs/services of the ALS Association to the healthcare community and those who work with patients and families throughout the Chapter's service area via new client kits, physician kits, professional education and presentations. It also provides support to family members and caregivers through a variety of programs and services including support groups, circles of care, caregiver programs and children's resources referral.
  • The ALS Treatment Centers/Clinics Program allows people with ALS to be seen every three to four months. They are provided an individualized care plan.
  • Quality of Life Grant Program assists ALS families with the challenges they face every day and reimburses ALS families for their needs in respite, communication, home modification, access to medical care and for special circumstances.
  • Medical Research

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