The ALS Association Greater San Diego Chapter will present the 11th annual ALS Golf Classic, a fundraising golf tournament, on Friday, Dec. 6 at the Singing Hills Golf Resort at Sycuan, 3007 Dehesa Road, El Cajon. The tournament is open to the public.
Donation to play golf is $200 per player or $800 for a foursome, which includes tee prizes, lunch, beverages on the course, contests (a “rocket launcher” hole), hosted reception and after-golf awards gourmet luncheon. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 8 a.m. The after-golf awards luncheon and raffle begins at 1:30 p.m. Cost to attend the luncheon only is $75 per person.
Proceeds will benefit research, care services, resources and programs for people living with ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, often called Lou Gehrig’s disease. All services for patients and families are provided by the Chapter at no charge. For more information on the ALS Golf Classic, contact Eric Andrews, firstname.lastname@example.org, LeeAnn Casey, email@example.com, or call (858) 271-5547. The Singing Hills Golf Resort features three courses, including Willow Glen and Oak Glen, both par 72 courses and Pine Glen, a par-three course.
Andrews said, “Every year, this golf tournament provides an opportunity for ALS Association supporters, staff members, families affected by ALS and members of the local community to come together to honor the courageous souls affected by ALS, to remember those who have passed, to raise awareness and have a lot of fun in support of a good cause. The scramble format allows golfers of all abilities to take part and enjoy.”
ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects neurons, or nerve cells, in the brain and the spinal cord. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in people living with ALS weakens muscles and impacts physical function. Eventually, people with ALS lose the ability to initiate and control muscle movement, which usually leads to total paralysis. Life expectancy for a person with ALS is within two to five years of diagnosis of initial symptoms. There is no cure, cause or no life-prolonging treatments for the disease.
The ALS Association is the only national not-for-profit voluntary health organization dedicated solely to fighting against ALS on every front through research, public policy and care services. The mission of the ALS Association is to find a cure for and improve the lives of people living with ALS. By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified clinical care centers, and fostering government partnerships, the ALS Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure.
The Greater San Diego Chapter, chartered in February 2013, is one of 39 chapters nationwide. The San Diego chapter works closely with the ALS San Diego Clinic at the University of California San Diego, which has been certified as a Center of Excellence by the national ALS organization. At its San Diego offices, the local chapter also showcases an ALS bedroom and bathroom that is equipped with features and benefits that would be helpful to people with ALS with their own home setting. For more information about the ALS Association Greater San Diego Chapter, visit www.alsasd.org.