Mission and History
Compassionate Care ALS (CCALS) is a nonprofit organization with a mission to support people diagnosed with ALS, their families, healthcare providers, and communities as they navigate the complexities, both physical and emotional, associated with the disease. The organization provides resources including equipment, educational opportunities, Medicare/Medicaid assistance, communication assistance, guidance and awareness with regards to living with ALS, caregiving, and exploring end-of-life when invited. CCALS offers an innovative approach to delivering support and services to our clients, which we tailor to the needs of each individual and their support network.
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.