Friday, August 16, 2013
The Rite Aid Foundation announced today a $10,000 grant to South Carolina’s chapter of The ALS Association to support their Respite Care Program, which provides temporary care for patients with the degenerative nerve disease ALS so that their caregivers can take a much-needed break.
The Rite Aid Foundation previously awarded $10,000 to the ALS Association in 2009.
The ALS Association is the only national non-profit organization fighting ALS – or Lou Gehrig’s disease – on every front. ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. There is not a cure or treatment today that halts or reverses ALS, which afflicts approximately 450 people across South Carolina, according to The South Carolina Association Chapter.
“With a disease like ALS, it takes a lot to be a primary caregiver. The Respite Care Program provides an opportunity for these caregivers to take a much needed break from the daily, round-the-clock care they provide, allowing them some much-needed time to care for themselves,” said Gayle Rife, manager of The Rite Aid Foundation. “The Rite Aid Foundation is proud to support an organization that aims to help ALS patients and their caregivers lead healthier and happier lives.”
As the preeminent ALS organization, The association provides assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinates multidisciplinary care through certified clinical care centers, and fosters government partnerships, all in order to build hope and enhance quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure.
“Thanks to the generosity of The Rite Aid Foundation, the primary caregivers of ALS patients across South Carolina will be able to run errands, attend their own doctor appointments or simply take a relaxation break,” said Rebecca Jordan, executive sirector of the South Carolina Chapter. “We are so grateful to The Rite Aid Foundation for their support.”
Rite Aid operates about 100 stores across South Carolina.