Meet the Clingman Family
Jim Clingman, founder of the Greater Cincinnati African American Chamber of Commerce, is the nation's most prolific writer on economic empowerment for black people. Jim was diagnosed with ALS in 2013 which has since increasingly affected his physical movements and capabilities.
Sylvia, Jim's wife, has more than 35 years of experience providing in hospital and at home health care. Coupling her extensive medical background with her compassionate spirit created the perfect recipe for the role of caregiver for Jim. She loves real estate and interior design. When she isn't caring for her husband she's usually completing at home projects worthy of being showcased on HGTV.
Their daughter Kiah is a passionate content creator that has carved the perfect path to merge her corporate skills and creative talents. She is a 2020 Southern Producers Lab fellow. Her award-winning SAG short film, “Eavesdropping on the Elders”, dedicated to her father and highlights his journey with ALS, recently received official selections from 17 film festivals and won "Best Film" in the Seattle black Film Festival in Morehouse College Film Festival.
The most important need right now is to help cover the costs of skilled nursing care. The out of pocket costs associated with that are beyond their financial means, as is the case for most people. Learn more about the Clingman Family and donate by clicking the button below. Thank you!
ALS Association of Georgia Hosts Educational Symposium
We had the pleasure of attending this symposium in August. It was a day of presentations, learning about some local resources and vendors, and best of all, being able to see members of the ALS community come together and share ideas and best practices. It's astonishing how much the families of those living with ALS are able to help each other with their knowledge and experience.
Also in attendance was keynote speaker Elizabeth Miller from @happyhealthycaregiver who shared some wonderful thoughts, tips and tricks related to caregiving. We also met a few volunteers that head up various support groups from different areas. It's nice to continue to extend our network of resources.
Great job to everyone involved and thanks to the ALSA of GA!
FACT Relief: Did You Know?
FACT Relief began as a way to help a friend that was diagnosed with ALS. Since our inception in 2015 we've learned so much along the way. That knowledge includes what it takes to navigate a disease such as ALS, or an accident that results in a traumatic brain injury.
We've also learned more about the healthcare system and how many expenses can be left, even under good insurance plans. Whether it's Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance, many families are left on the verge of financial ruin. This is true for ALS and many other medical situations such as a catastrophic injury.
We now have five funds set up for the benefit of our families including Neurological, Accident and Injury, Oncological, Cardiovascular and our General Fund. We pay expenses related to one of these directly to providers on the behalf of our families in need. If you know of a family that could use our help, please visit our website or reach out directly to Jen Parker for more information. 678.447.8083 / firstname.lastname@example.org