ALSRESIDENCE

ALS Foundation of Hawaii: Status Report as of December 31, 2021

ALS FOUNDATION OF HAWAII STATUS REPORT as of DECEMBER 31, 2021 I. INTRODUCTION When we developed the concept for the ALS Foundation of Hawaii in 2016-17, we agreed to have one mission: to establish an ALS RESIDENCE that would provide the kind of long-term humane and effective specialty care that people with ALS (pALS) required and deserved using state-of-the-art technology. In the intervening years, however, we quickly learned that the festering need for short-term respite care for family caregivers has…

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Our Christmas Message to You: Thank You For Your Support!

At the First Christmas, Mary and Joseph’s task at hand was to find a place where the Messiah was to be born. In some ways, ALS Foundation of Hawaii has a similar mission: search for a place in which a tale of redemption could begin. People with ALS (pALS) who decide to live with ALS need a place where their potential for growth and development, may find fulfillment; not just a place to die in. Despite the relentless wretchedness of…

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Richard Tran: Helping Build an ALS Residence for Hawaii, One Burger at a Time

My niece, Darlene, who is one-half of my so-called “IT Department,” invited a couple of her friends from Seattle to spend a week on Oahu. One of them was Richard who laughed his funny way into our hearts.  He ended up extending his stay into Christmas, to participate in our annual holiday shenanigans, usually orchestrated by the young people in my big Filipino family. In short, my family took to him as he fell in love with Oahu hard.  He…

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May 2021 as ALS Awareness Month

…THEREFORE I, DAVID Y. IGE, Governor of the State of Hawaii, do hereby proclaim May 2021 as “ALS AWARENESS MONTH” in Hawaii and encourage citizens of the Aloha State to join me in raising awareness of ALS, support the efforts to combat the disease, and honor the patients and families who are demonstrating extraordinary resilience and resourcefulness while living with ALS….

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Her Words, Not Mine

Part of our mission is making people aware about what life with ALS is like for both patient and his family. Prior to the pandemic, I was regularly invited to speak before groups, opportunities which I rarely refuse. I have been a nurse educator all my life and have tried every way of presenting material so it becomes vivid to my audience, so that they come away more understanding of the material. When I come short of that expectation, I…

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