Portion of concert proceeds will support amyotrophic lateral sclerosis programs
It can cost as much as $250,000 a year to treat just one person with ALS. For patients who are already facing imminent death, that’s a hefty price tag.
What’s more, many beneficial therapies and special equipment options that can improve a patient’s final days aren’t covered by health insurance. That’s why ALS fundraisers are important.
Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers will play a benefit concert Thursday, June 15 at the Columbia County Amphitheater to help raise money for ALS programs at Augusta University. Tickets start at $35 in advance, and VIP tickets and tables are also available. Gates open at 6 p.m. The concert is being organized by Friends With Benefits, a non-profit group that aims to support the community through world-class entertainment and live concert experiences.
Funds raised help purchase wheelchair ramps, home modifications and devices that assist patients with breathing and speech. Proceeds also help buy gas cards for patients and families traveling to and from Augusta University’s nationally-certified ALS Clinics in Augusta and Macon.
“Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a heartbreaking disease. The muscles waste away rapidly until you lose all control, including your ability to breathe,” said Dr. Michael H. Rivner, a Medical College of Georgia neurology professor and ALS Clinic director. “Most patients with ALS die within five years, and there is no cure. But, we are studying the disease in the hopes that we might one day be able to stop it.”
Donations will also help fund these research efforts. To learn more about ALS, call 706-721-2681. Donations are also accepted by mail payable to GHSF (Fund 21078) at Augusta University ALS Clinic, 1120 15th St., BP-4390, Augusta, GA 30912.
For more information on the Bruce Hornsby ALS benefit concert, visit FWBpro.com.