Philanthropy is a wonderful way to impact ALS research and care and provides the program the needed resources to grow and enhance our research, clinical care and patient support. The Neuromuscular and ALS clinics at VCU have received tremendous support from the Harper's Hope fund for ALS, a fund began by the family of the late Vic Harper.  Because of Harper's Hope our clinics can address four key areas: clinical care, research, patient support and outreach.
To date, contributions, have led to the clinics' physical move to Reynolds Crossing (nearly quadrupling our clinical volume) and have provided resources for the addition of a dedicated social worker, Hattie Figgers, to the multidisciplinary team. Additionally, through marketing, our clinics have been able to reach out to a larger group of patients within the Commonwealth to help provide necessary medical care and we will continue to rely on philanthropic dollars to host a community education session aimed at helping primary care providers better understand neuromuscular diseases.   Gifts and pledges are also contributing to our ability to conduct basic and clinical science projects aimed at developing and delivering new therapies for our patients. To learn more about how to help, contact Lauren Moore at 828-4100.