Welcome to the Michelle Gargaro Foundation

The foundations purpose is to serve, support, advocate for and empower people affected with ALS and their caregivers. Advocacy to federal and state governments and their agencies, to provide forward momentum to their support of initiatives and financial aide which works towards a cure, meaningful treatments and greater care for those affected by ALS.

  • Provide financial support to ALS patients and their caregivers to allow for a more meaningful and productve life while living with ALS.

  • Provide education and awareness to the public related to ALS and it’s affects on those patients and families living with the disease.

Walk to Defeat ALS is September 16, 2023 at MOA

The Walk to Defeat ALS will be on Saturday September 16, 2023 at the Mall of America in Bloomington,  MN.  Each lap is one mile.

Check-in is at 8:00 am with the walk at 9:00 am.  For more information, see the ALS Minnesota Chapter website.

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Foundation News

2023 Golf Event Raises $6K

July 9th, 2023|0 Comments

The 2023 Michelle Gargaro Memorial Golf Classic was held on June 9,2023 at Gopher Hills Golf Course in Cannon Falls, MN. Nineteen teams helped raise money for the ALS community and to help those living [...]

Upcoming Events

2022 Recap and Visions for 2023

On behalf of the Michelle Gargaro Foundation and Gargaro family, I would first like to wish everyone a very joyous and peaceful holiday season. Also, a huge thank you to everyone who helped support  our work this past year of providing support and assistance to the ALS community. You were a huge part of the foundation for giving in the fight against ALS that we established in our first year of fundraising events. Recapping 2022 (actually going back to September 2021) our foundation was able to host our first two events after the covid pandemic passed.

In September of 2021, we hosted an event to kick off our foundation that coincided with the annual ALS walk. Funds raised at that event were used to give the local ALS association chapter $2,500.00 to be put towards research of ALS drugs and treatments. This past June of 2022, the foundation hosted the 1 st Annual Michelle Gargaro Memorial Golf Classic. The event, held at Gopher Hills Golf Course, was attended by over 125 people and raised just over $6,000.00. Those funds were used to make donations to the general fund and caregiver’s program of the local ALS chapter, sponsor seats at the annual ALS Gala, contribute to a fund being used to make a person who is living with ALS house more accessible and sponsor night out breaks for six people who are the sole caregiver for a family member living with ALS.

The foundation also lobbied with the Minnesota state legislature and FDA during 2022, to help achieve two huge impacts with in the ALS community. A major ALS funding bill by the state and the approval by the FDA of the ALS drug AMX0035. Both provide great benefits to those living with ALS.

Our vision for 2023 comes with the goal of continuing to grow our fundraising events and to continue to be a resource, bringing awareness of the news and issues that impact the ALS community to people on our website. Our golf event will be held on June 9, 2023 and we are planning an event to coincide with the annual ALS walk in the fall of 2023. Other events and ways that we can provide support to the ALS community are always being discussed, so make sure to check our website for the latest information.

Our Mission

Serve & Support

Serving and supporting patients and families who have been affected by ALS is one of the primary goals of our foundation.  Our family, being one who has experienced the hopelessness of an ALS diagnosis, knows all to well of the need for support as they navigate through the progression of the disease of their loved one.  The Michelle Gargaro Foundation is founded on the basic premise of serving and supporting all who are dealing with ALS.

Please check out the “Events” menu to learn about the specifics of our efforts.  ALS patients and their families are encouraged to contact us with any specific needs that they feel that we may be able to help them with during their journey.

Advocate for & Empower

The Michelle Gargaro Foundation is committed to working to advocate for and empower those people and families who have been affected by ALS.  Along with our personal commitment to work tirelessly as advocates on all levels to help look for meaningful treatments and ultimately a cure for this dreadful disease, we also commit ourselves to do whatever we can to help empower ALS patients to be able to live purposeful and meaningful lives.  We will post timely information here to keep the public informed about efforts to make these goals possible. 

Please use the “ALS News” menu  for information regarding recent developments in research for treatment for ALS along with information regarding current advocacy efforts within the ALS community.

Fundraising & Events

We look forward to having you join us for one of our annual fundraising events to help in the battle against ALS.  As well, we hope to see you at one of the many local and national events sponsored by the ALS Association. Please check our upcoming events page for additional information on all events.

We look forward to your help and support in the battle against ALS.

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