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September 2023

Walk to Defeat ALS

Walk to Defeat ALS

Walk to Defeat ALS is here! Lace-up your shoes and join us in the #1 way to unite and fundraise for those living with ALS. Each year, fundraising through the Walk drives bold and urgent innovation as we march together toward a cure for ALS.

Who Can Participate in the Walk? Anyone and everyone can become part of the fight against ALS by joining a local Walk to Defeat ALS. All Walk routes are wheelchair accessible and Walk Day activities include something for all ages!

Is There a Fee to Participate? There is NO FEE to participate in the Walk to Defeat ALS, but fundraising is encouraged. Funds raised contribute to local care service programs, global ALS research, and local/national advocacy. Walk participants can raise anywhere from $100 to $100,000 dollars - the sky is the limit!

How Do I Register for the Walk? Registering for your local Walk to Defeat ALS is quick, easy, and can be done in 4 easy steps!

1. Visit and select the Walk location you would like to join.
2. Select 'register' and decide if you’re participating as a member of a Walk Team, Individual Walker, or Virtual Walker.
3. Complete the appropriate online registration form to become an official participant in your local Walk.
4. Once you’ve registered, you’ll receive access to your online fundraising Participant Center, where you can update your personal page, connect your Walk fundraiser to Facebook, and send emails asking for support.

What is a Walk Team? Anyone can create a team and then invite their family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers to join. Each person will have access to their own personal fundraising page and online fundraising center. From there they can reach out to their networks to help broaden their reach and impact. All the funds raised will be credited to the team. Walk Teams and their fundraising efforts drive the success of a Walk.

For more information about The Walk to Defeat ALS, contact or

Bellingham Walk to Defeat ALS
Saturday, September 16 | 11 a.m. Walk


Missoula Walk to Defeat ALS
Sunday, September 17 | 10 a.m. Registration | 11 a.m. Walk
McCormick Park | Missoula, MT


Tacoma/Olympia Walk to Defeat ALS
Saturday, September 23 | 10 a.m. Registration | 11 a.m. Walk
Saint Michael Parish | Olympia, WA


Inland NW Walk to Defeat ALS
Saturday, September 30 | 11 a.m. Walk


Boise Walk to Defeat ALS
Saturday, October 7 | 10 a.m. Registration | 11 a.m. Walk
Esther Simplot Park | Boise, ID


Seattle Walk to Defeat ALS
Saturday, October 7 | 10 a.m. Registration | 11 a.m. Walk
Marymoor Park | Redmond, WA


Tri-Cities Walk to Defeat ALS
Saturday, October 28 | 10 a.m. Registration | 11 a.m. Walk
Howard Amon Park | Richland, WA


Interested in volunteering for one (or more) of the Walks? Sign up here and we will be in touch shortly.

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Welcome Nikki!

Welcome Nikki

Nikki Wilkins is our new Care Services Coordinator for Montana. She was born and raised in Great Falls, MT, where she continues to live with her husband. She has three adult children and four grandchildren. 

Nikki graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Counseling Psychology and an Associate of Arts in Human Services. Her professional career includes work in Maternal-Child Health Services, Child Protective Services, and as a case manager for Medicaid Waiver. Nikki is a Certified Case Manager and a Certified Dementia Practitioner. She loves working with people, getting to know them, and helping any way she can. Finding creative solutions to overcome barriers is one of her strengths!

During her personal time, Nikki enjoys making wreaths and centerpieces, reading, listening to music, and spending time with her family.

Lisa Toth and Glen Garcia, who previously covered this territory, are still with us and focusing now on serving their local territories, Central Washington (Lisa) and Spokane and North Idaho (Glen). We are excited to have someone living in Montana be a direct resource to people living in Montanta.  If you need Nikki's assistance in Montana, she can be reached at or at 406-519-5075.

Caregiver Retreat

Caregiver Retreat

Office Alert!

Office Relocation

We are happy to announce that we've settled in our new office! It's conveniently located a half mile from our former location, near the Sea-Tac Airport. As our previous lease was expiring last year, we decided to find a space better suited to our changing needs that would also be more cost-effective. Come see us at 19717 62nd Ave S., D101 in Kent, Washington. We are open from 9 am to 4 pm Monday through Thursday. Our general phone number and fax number remain the same at 425-656-1650 and 425-656-1649 (fax). As always, your care service coordinator is your contact for all equipment needs including loans, returns, and equipment donations. 

If you need general assistance, contact us at 425-656-1650. To contact someone specifically, use this LIST. All mail should now be sent to 19717 62nd Ave S., D101 Kent, WA 98032. We look forward to serving you from our new location!

Legacy Giving

Legacy Giving

The Legacy Society recognizes those who leave a legacy gift to The ALS Association. This exclusive group of individuals has radically changed the future of ALS. We hope to welcome you as our newest member! Please consider including The ALS Association in your will, trust, or by beneficiary designation of your retirement plan, donor-advised fund, or other financial account. To learn more about ways to leave a legacy gift – click here.

For more information about legacy giving, please more information about legacy giving, please contact Melissa McElvain at or (619) 954-2823.

Advocacy: Get Text Alerts

Advocacy Text Alerts

The tireless efforts of ALS advocates have advanced research and helped people living with ALS get the support they deserve. Stay up-to-date on critical public policy efforts by texting "ALS" to 855-469-2621. 

Third-Party Event News

Interested in Third-Party Events?

Third Party Events

Third party events are a great way to use your creativity hosting an event and donate the proceeds to The ALS Association. We provide support to make your experience enjoyable and to allow everyone to make as large an impact as possible. The people we serve have benefited from a variety of third-party events, including game nights, yard sales, mountain climbing challenges, haunted houses, and benefit concerts. These events can raise from a few hundred dollars to $25,000 or more!

Have an idea? We can even help build a fundraising web site for you. Put your passion to positive use and let us help spread the word! Call our office at 425-656-1650 to share your ideas and start a plan.

Upcoming Events

Monthly Support Groups

Support Group

We offer monthly support group meetings across the four states we serve: Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska. Support groups offer a place and time for those living with ALS, their caregivers, families, friends, and loved ones to connect with each other. You are encouraged to join at any time. Support groups are always free-of-charge and no RSVP is required to attend. A closed caption accessibility feature is available during our Zoom support groups. These subtitles will help those who are hard of hearing or have trouble with the sound level on their device. Ask your facilitator if you need help accessing it.  

The North Sound and Bellingham groups have combined and are now called the North Sound group. They meet monthly on the second Thursday of the month at noon.

See the September calendar to locate a group and log-in information.  **We have brought some groups back to an in-person format with virtual components.  Please check with your group coordinator for details. All on-line groups are hosted through the free conferencing platform ZOOM. As always, confirm times and log-in links on the Calendar**  

Regional Events----> 2023! 

Walk to Defeat ALS ---> 2023

Walk 2023

Walk Dates 2023: 

All 2023 Walks on one page

Anchorage, AK - June 24 
Boise, ID - October 7 
Bellingham, WA - September 16 
Missoula, MT - September 17
Olympia, WA - September 9
Spokane, WA - September 30 
Seattle, WA - October 7 
Tri-Cities, WA - October 28

*Dates subject to change. To stay up-to-date, join our Facebook Walk group which includes team week contests, tips to make your walk a success, and more!


We will continue our Walk in Your Neighborhood program in 2023! The Walk in Your Neighborhood program allows you flexibility on the date, time, size, and theme of your event. While there is no Chapter-sponsored event at a public park, you create an event to reflect your vision.

When you start your Walk in Your Neighborhood team, we’ll provide a roadmap for recruiting walkers and fundraising. In addition, we’ll send you supplies to make your walk a success like balloons, lanyards with keys, wristbands, stickers, and more. Keep in mind, it’s important that every team member registers so you receive enough supplies. You’ll also want to participate in our exciting team week contests! Start early and contact our office at 425-656-1650 to let us know your plans. Your regional development manager will guide you through the process. 

Walker Tools

Walker Handbook - Your guide for everything Walk related, including in-person events and Walk in Your Neighborhood events

My Walk Supporters Pledge Sheet - Print this worksheet out to keep track of your donations

Deposit Slips - Are you mailing your donations to The ALS Association? Fill this out to include with your donations

Facebook Walk Group - Here we share walk information, updates, tips for success, and much more. Join and invite your walking buddies too!

Interested in being a sponsor? 

🔰See the Sponsorship Packet for details, or send us a message. THANK YOU for your vital support!


Support the Evergreen Chapter when you shop at Fred Meyer

Fred Meyer

The ALS Association Evergreen Chapter is a registered non-profit recipient of the Fred Meyer Community Rewards program. If you are already a Fred Meyer Community Rewards member, you can link your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to ALSA Evergreen Chapter. Go to and create an account or sign in.  If you aren’t yet a rewards member, click on "Create an account."  Once you’re logged in, you are able to designate the chapter to benefit from your shopping by entering our Fred Meyer nonprofit number which is XH798. Every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping the chapter earn a donation. This doesn't cost you a dime and the chapter receives quarterly donations. Thank you to both YOU and Fred Meyer! 

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