About Our Chapter


The ALS Association Michigan Chapter has been committed to serving people with ALS and their families since 1988. 

Every 90 minutes someone is diagnosed with ALS. The Michigan Chapter provides help to people with ALS and their families and give them hope for the future. The estimated out of pocket cost to care for a person with ALS is $250,000. To help ease the burden, The Michigan Chapter provides no-cost services such as support groups, durable medical equipment loan closet, ALS Association liaison at affiliated ALS clinics, respite program, assistive technology program and education through literature and workshops.  

On February 22, 1988, Gloria May Schanz R.N., M.A., founded The Michigan Chapter in Grand Rapids. Since then the chapter has grown to provide support to the entire state of Michigan, including the Upper Peninsula, and added a second office in Troy. 

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 — research, patient and community services, public education and advocacy; in providing help and hope to those facing the disease.

We work together to accomplish our mission. The Michigan Chapter focuses primarily on helping local patients and families live with ALS while the National Office focuses primarily on research and advocacy. The Chapter supports the National Office through revenue sharing and research contributions. The National Office supports the Chapters by providing up-to-date information and materials.