The ALS Association Florida Chapter was co-founded by patient Ann Smith in August of 1987 as the Tampa Bay Chapter to serve the needs of those living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (also known as Lou Gehrig's disease) and their caregivers. In 2001, the Tampa Bay Chapter expanded its services to all areas in the state of Florida and became known as the Florida Chapter.
The ALS Association Florida Chapter
carries out its mission
by empowering the lives
of those living with
The ALS Association is the only national not-for-profit health organization dedicated solely to the fight against ALS. The ALS Association covers all the bases: to help people living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and to leave no stone unturned in search for the cure.
We work together to accomplish our mission to find a cure for ALS while empowering the lives of those living with ALS through Care, Advocacy, Research, Education and Support. Programs include support groups, case management, respite care, medical equipment loan, educational services, and national and state advocacy.
These twenty years would not have been possible without the support of many patients, families, donors, and volunteers. Thank you to all who have touched the ALS community with hope for the future.