Mission and History
Compassionate Care ALS supports people diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), their families and communities as they navigate the physical and emotional complexities associated with the disease. The organization provides resources including equipment, educational workshops, Medicare/Medicaid assistance, and guidance and awareness in living with ALS, caregiving, and end-of-life issues.
We have a multidisciplinary staff with expertise about ALS and experience working with those living with ALS, their caregivers and their families. Our team is a dedicated group of professionals who have had an amazing impact on the lives of countless families in Massachusetts, New England, across the country and abroad.
Gordon T. Heald, a prominent New England businessman and philanthropist, was diagnosed with ALS in 1997. He was cared for by his wife, Elizabeth, along with Compassionate Care ALS Founder, Ron Hoffman. Gordon decided to establish a fund to help families affected by ALS.
The initial funding for CCALS came from a request for donations in Gordon’s obituary. For five years Hoffman oversaw the Gordon T. Heald Fund, helping ALS families in need. In 2003, Hoffman founded Compassionate Care ALS to encompass the Heald Fund and expand its services to include families, caregivers, and healthcare professionals in addition to ALS patients. Since that time, CCALS has been committed to supporting individuals diagnosed with ALS and their communities.