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A Helping Hand for Families Facing ALS

Our Mission

The Busby Foundation empowers Central Texas ALS patients and their families by providing support and assistance in an effort to comfort them and address the overwhelming demands and lifestyle changes that come with the disease.

 

Whether you are coping with ALS, or wish to volunteer or help in a financial way, we welcome and appreciate you.

It is the Foundation’s goal to bring people and resources together to help families face ALS with dignity and strength. All of our efforts are focused on collecting and distributing the necessary help and resources to local Central Texas families facing ALS. We bring donors and volunteers alike together to organize fundraising events that help fund projects and services that can change the lives of families. We work hand-in-hand with the National ALS Association to determine how to best aid the families in need.

It’s because of people like you, who take the time to learn more about the disease that make this work possible. We hope while you are here, you will learn more about the work we do and become inspired to participate in any way you can.

Profiles in Courage

Your Help Changes Lives

Nothing speaks more than hearing from those families the Busby Foundation helped.  Each story is one of courage.  Learn more about them.

Give a Hand Today

Touching lives and helping families facing ALS wouldn’t be possible without the support of our donors. You can help families right here in Central Texas by donating today.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (sometimes called Lou Gehrig’s disease) is a progressive, usually fatal disease caused by the degeneration of the nerve cells in the central nervous system that control voluntary muscle movement.

Lou Gehrig, with whom ALS is most commonly associated, first brought national and international attention to the disease back in 1939 when he abruptly retired from professional baseball after being diagnosed with ALS.

Facts you should know about ALS:

  • Approximately 6,400 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with ALS each year.
  • The average age of people who are diagnosed with ALS is between 55 and 65.
  • Military veterans are approximately twice as likely to develop ALS.
  • While the average survival time is 3 years, about twenty percent of people with ALS live five years, 10 percent will survive ten years and five percent will live 20 years or more.
  • ALS occurs throughout the world with no racial, ethnic or socioeconomic boundaries and can affect anyone.
  • It is estimated that more than 20,000 Americans may be living with ALS at any given time.

Central Texas families and individuals whose lives are impacted by ALS …that’s who we help. Working hand-in-hand with the National ALS Association, The Busby Foundation provides different forms of aid for families seeking help.  While families dealing with affliction face some of the same challenges, each family is unique in the type of help they need.  Regardless of the type of help needed, The Busby Foundation can guide them to receive a measure of relief so that they can face this disease with dignity and with a better quality of life.

To learn more about the families we aid and to hear about the difference The Busby Foundation has made in their lives, please read more here.

ALS is a progressive, usually fatal disease.  With it comes overwhelming demands and lifestyle changes that are taxing to not only the person with the disease but to their caretakers as well.  The Foundation strives to help families alleviate these challenges in many ways.

The Busby Foundation works very closely with the regional and national chapters of the National ALS Association, as well as local resources that can sometimes fill in where other services fall short.

We assist families in need by:

  • Providing financial “gap” assistance until federal agencies’ aid begins
  • Directing families on available resources to assist them during these challenging times
  • Constructing wheelchair and incorporating handicap access features into their home
  • Assisting with home healthcare and nursing aid
  • Supplying transportation vouchers to help with hospital visits
  • Donating services to help families secure wheelchairs, breathing equipment, stair lifts and other mobility devices
  • Showing compassion and demonstrating there is a community of support so that they don’t face this battle alone
  • Making Memories Programming helping to support families on a lifetime lasting memory
  • Educational Gifting Program which supports families with ALS and their children’s education

To find out more about how we help, please read more here.

THE LEGACY OF BO BUSBY

The Busby Foundation was created in November 2001 by friends and colleagues of the late Bo Busby to honor his life and legacy. Bo courageously fought ALS and yet still helped other, less fortunate fellow ALS patients and their families by providing assistance in many ways. It is in that spirit that we continue to serve other Central Texas families touched by this tragic disease. To learn more about Bo, please click here.

Upcoming Events

September 21, 2016 @ Top Golf Austin

Get your team together and join us for some friendly competition – all for a good cause.  We are “Chipping in to Fight ALS.”

Board-of-directors3

2016 Board of Directors

Dick Anderson
HPI, Inc.

Jesse Beckett
Beckett Electrical Services

Frank Bruno
Velocity Electronics

Don Busby
Commerce Business Advisors

Kerry Busby
Welcome Home Real Estate Boerne

Mary Anne Castles
HPI, Inc.

Rachel Coulter
JLL

Jerry DeVries
TEXO Ventures

Jeff Fugitt
AuthorityForce

Paul Gerling
Comerica Bank

Clark Jernigan
VUV Analytics

Hunter Lankford
Jabi

lJay Legg
ASC, Inc./MFB Real Estate Services

Dr. Marty Molina
Texas Family Physicians

Jeff Nowling
Trinet

Clint Scott
CLS | Partners

Matthew Vitek
Lee Lewis Construction