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. Chapter Care Managers ensure that the Martha Olson-Fernandez Foundation Fund assists people with ALS and their families who have the most need. Read the impact statements below to learn more.

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 grant distributions 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

$30,000 (increased due to COVID-19

demand on patient care services)

Impact Statements 

“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 (Care Manager at ALSA GW) 

    “Funding from the Martha Olson-Fernandez Foundation has made it possible for the Golden West Chapter to purchase items that are vital for clients, caregivers, and loved ones related to safety, mobility, nutrition, hygiene, comfort, communication and peace of mind. Using Martha Olson-Fernandez Foundation funds, the Chapter has provided voice amplifiers and microphones, switches, alarms and call chimes, walkers, transport wheelchairs with cushions, swivel slider transfer benches, adaptive eating utensils, portable suction units, replacement  batteries for various devices, pressure pads and much more to our clients.  Last year, many known challenges of living with ALS were exacerbated due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, Martha Olson-Fernandez Foundation grant funding supported many grateful families facing ALS who experienced a sharp decrease in income or employment, those who tested positive for COVID-19, and those who had children at home engaged in remote learning.”

                                 -Cherryl Goldstein (VP of Development at ALSA GW)