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 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. 

The Martha Olson-Fernandez Foundation Fund helps the Chapter assist those with limited financial resources who are fighting ALS on the Central Coast of California. Our collaboration with the Golden West Chapter ensures that the Foundation’s funds go specifically to people with ALS in need of access to multidisciplinary clinics, care management, support groups, respite, 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.

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

The Martha Olson Fernandez Foundation is proud to have participated in ALS Association Walks to Defeat ALS in San Luis Obispo, New York City, East Bay, and Sacramento and since 2012. For those of you that remember, in 2012 the Martha Olson-Fernandez Foundation participated in the SLO Walk to Defeat ALS with Martha under the team name of Martha’s Footprints. So much wonderful love and support was brought to that walk.

In 2018, the Martha Olson-Fernandez Foundation was nominated to be the recipient of the Community Champion Award. This award was presented to Larry Fernandez at the SLO Walk to Defeat ALS on April 21, 2018. More information on these walks and more ALS Association events coming soon!!