Benefits include providing consistent services to constituents and garnering additional statewide sponsorships.
As of February 1, the three chapters across the Lone Star State have merged to become The ALS Association - Texas Chapter.
The chapters, formerly known as the North Texas, Greater Houston and
South Texas Chapters, consolidated to operate in a more efficient manner
and to provide consistent services to people and their families
battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease throughout the state.
“These changes will enhance care for the people we serve now and in
the future,” said David Chayer, the new Executive Director of the Texas
Chapter. “We believe this re-organization will help us grow as an
organization, and therefore, provide additional resources to Texans
living with this debilitating disease.”
Chapter growth will also allow for other benefits, which includes
attracting organizations that can support the chapter through
sponsorships for the Walk to Defeat ALS® and other events. Also, the
merger will provide opportunities for corporate executives to serve on
the chapter’s board and spread ALS awareness to their respective
“Revenue from additional sponsorships will fund research and services
for families living with ALS,” Chayer said. “Our staff will continue
to offer those with Lou Gehrig’s Disease the best care and support
during this time of transition.”
Even with the restructuring, the chapter will maintain satellite
offices in Austin, Houston and San Antonio and will keep its state
office in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The state’s ALS clinics will
remain at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and The University of
Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
“This is an exciting time for The ALS Association to expand its reach
across Texas,” said Jane H. Gilbert, The Association’s President and
CEO. “Building more partnerships around the state will help get us one
step closer to attaining our vision of a world without ALS.”