The Martha Olson-Fernandez Foundation Fund Established With The ALS Association Golden West Chapter


In November 2014, the Martha Olson-Fernandez Foundation established The Martha Olson-Fernandez Foundation Fund at The ALS Association Golden West Chapter.

The money within the Martha Olson-Fernandez Foundation Fund is earmarked to assist people living with ALS on the Central Coast of California. This territory includes people living in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito county. More specifically, it goes to patients in need of access to multidisciplinary clinics, care management, support groups, respite care, medical supplies, transportation, alimentation, durable medical equipment, and/or augmentative alternative communication devices (AAC). Chapter Care Managers ensure that the Martha Olson-Fernandez Foundation Fund assists people with ALS and their families who have the most need.

The Golden West Chapter’s mission is to discover treatments and cures for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and to serve, advocate for, and empower people affected by ALS to live their lives to the fullest. The Chapter’s vision is to create a world without ALS.

Below is a chart of the historical donations to the ALS Association Golden West Chapter

Year Amount
2014 $10,000
2015 $20,000
2016 $28,000
2017 $25,000
2018 $25,000
2019 $25,000
2020 $25,000

ALSA GW Caregiver Testimonies of MOFF Funding

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“Thanks to the Martha Olson Fernandez Foundation, the people I work with on the Central Coast who are living with ALS have immediate access to adaptive devices that are not covered by insurance.  These devices enable people to maintain their independence with things such as eating, bathing, dressing, and mobility as long as possible which has a powerful impact on their quality of life.”  

                                                      -Julie Scurich (ALSA GW Care Manager)