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Thunderbirds Charities donate $35K to ALS Arizona Chapter

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PHOENIX — Thunderbirds Charities has donated $35,000 to the ALS Association Arizona Chapter, according to a press release.

The donation will benefit the chapter’s children and youth program, which serves the needs of youth affected by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Specifically, the funds will go toward a youth outing, a support group for families and a quarterly mailing program aimed to boost families’ morale.

The program serves more than 60 children, according to the release.

“We are so grateful for this incredibly generous gift from The Thunderbirds,” president and CEO of the ALS Association Arizona Chapter Taryn Norley said in the release. “This donation will allow us to continue to invest in the children and young adults who are affected by family members diagnosed with ALS.”

ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.

The estimated yearly cost for those living with ALS is $200,000, the release said.

Thunderbirds Charities also donated $10,000 to the Greater Phoenix Chapter of the American Red Cross, according to a separate press release.

The donation will be used to support a national Red Cross initiative devoted to reducing fire fatalities.

Thunderbirds Charities was formed in 1986 and is a nonprofit organization. It distributes funds raised through the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament.

The Thunderbirds were founded in 1937 with the mission of promoting the Valley of the Sun through sports.

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