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About Us

Heart for ALS is incorporated as a non-profit organization.  The following Hearts for ALS team members are dedicated to the goals of Hearts for ALS as described in our mission statement.

Pam Heidorn

My husband Steve lived with ALS for 4 years before passing away in December of 2008. I was always amazed at his determination to live life to the fullest even while fighting this debilitating disease. Throughout those four years we tried to learn everything there was to know about ALS and how to deal with all the life changes as the disease progressed. We met some incredible people along the way. I am proud to be a part of Hearts for ALS and am dedicated to helping make the lives of those who live with ALS easier in any way we can.

Antonio Ayala

I grew up caring for my Dad, who had ALS. My Dad loved to help people with ALS. I also love to help people and would love to follow in his footsteps.

Kathy Ayala

As a spouse and caregiver of someone with ALS, I became very familiar with struggles of those with ALS. My husband and I have worked hard to get the information, equipment and the help we need. As president of Hearts for ALS, I hope to continue to help those with ALS in his memory.

Heidi Dahle

I first became aware of ALS when one of my husband’s family members was diagnosed with ALS.  I am honored and proud to be a board member of this wonderful organization.  Over the past years I have had the extraordinary opportunity to meet and work with a wonderful group of people that have ALS or have a family member or friend that has been afflicted with this disease.  Each and every person has left a mark or memory on my heart and that is why I do what I do.

Monique Ayala

My dad was diagnosed with ALS when I was 12 years old. It was a difficult time for us as a family as we searched for answers on what was to come and where we could find support. Through high school and college, I struggled with the knowledge that took us years to find. I became a board member for Hearts for ALS to help other families find the answers they are searching for and give them the hope they need for tomorrow. 

Deanna Young

My husband of 26 years died of ALS on his 51st birthday in 2015. Hearts for ALS donated a used wheelchair van to us and paid for our first visit to The Loma Linda ALS Clinic. I am proud to be a board member of this organization and wish to give ALS patients, their families, and caregivers some sense of hope and comfort as Hearts for ALS did for us.

Mary Lou Carnahan

My son-in-law Angel Ayala had ALS. Over the years that he was affected, my daughter Kathy and Angel had difficulty obtaining resources and information concerning ALS. I am honored to be a board member and secretary of this important organization that provides assistance to ALS patients and their families.

Griselda Garcilazo

I had the opportunity to be involved with families who had a loved one diagnosed with ALS when working with MDA and ALSA. I gained a sincere appreciation for assisting with  information and/or resources needed to help patients and families make educated decisions and to help patients live the highest quality of life. Along the way I made some amazing connections with the patients and the families I served. I am honored to be a part of Hearts for ALS to continue in assisting patients and families through their journey with ALS. 

Hearts for ALS, Inc. helps provide for the needs of the people who have ALS in the Inland Empire and surrounding areas.  The prolonged chronic nature of this disease depletes family resources, which creates severe financial hardships.

We support the Loma Linda ALS Multidisciplinary Clinic by providing lunch and refreshments.  Through this clinic, patients are able to receive care from physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and more.

For newly diagnosed patients, we provide a “Hope Bag” which is filled with resource information.