Grants to ALS Families for Home Improvement Projects

11.29.2023
ALS Community
ALS Families

Home renovations often become necessary following a Lou Gehrig's disease diagnosis. As part of the Live Like Lou Foundation's commitment to meaningfully support families affected by ALS, we proudly offer one-time grants to complete projects in and around the home to ensure safety, independence, and/or quality of life.

We are proud to have awarded $50,000 in home improvement grants in 2023. These funds are made possible by the generosity of our donors and friends.

This year, three of our twenty-seven awardees have completed their projects and provided the updates below. After completing their projects, we look forward to sharing additional photos from grant recipients.

Chris - Morgan City, Louisiana

Chris was diagnosed with ALS in 2022 and needed funding to update the shag carpet the house had to something smoother. He upgraded to linoleum, allowing his mother (who also serves as his caregiver) to maneuver the Hoyer lift around the house more easily.

New linoleum flooring
New linoleum flooring for easier mobility around the house.

Kevin - Wenatchee, Washington

Kevin, diagnosed with ALS in 2023, needed a full bathroom remodel. With funds from Live Like Lou, Kevin added safety bars, a shower bench, and a toilet safety frame to the bathroom. However, most notably, they were able to have a ramp installed that allows for easier access in and out of the home.

A new ramp, shower grab bars, and a toilet safety frame.
"We are so grateful to the Live Like Lou Foundation for making this all possible and making life safer. Thank you so much for your help!
With Appreciation,
Kevin"
Angelina - Strongsville, Ohio

Angelina, who is living with ALS, applied for funding to make the backyard easier to navigate and allow her the freedom to walk her dog and hang out with friends. Her family has also had Phi Delta Theta undergraduates volunteer through Live Like Lou's Connect and Serve program and come and help with yard work. The impact of the grant is best heard from Angelina:

“My backyard is where I spend the majority of my free time, but we had bumpy pavers and brambles and tree roots in the grass from the driveway to the deck. I was limited to the old, very small deck because the pavers meant I could slip out of my wheelchair. Now, there's a smooth concrete pathway so I can host other friends with disabilities, which I couldn't do in the past. I can take my dog for a walk when we're out playing in the backyard. In fact, this entrance has replaced the makeshift ramp I use in the garage to exit and enter the house. It's empowering to remove the barriers that inhibit my life with ALS. Something as simple as being able to walk my dog with ease not only brings me joy but it also restores some of my freedom and autonomy. I truly appreciate everything Live Like Lou has done to improve my quality of life.“
Before and After of Angelina's backyard with a new pathway and back deck to enjoy.
Marlee - Evans, GA

Marlee's husband, Matt, was diagnosed with ALS in July 2023, and the need to adapt their home happened very quickly. They added a roll-in shower to their bathroom to provide ease and safety to their routine.

“It has been a rapid progression and we are constantly having to modify and adapt at a moment's notice with almost all modifications coming with a hefty price tag. We cannot thank the foundation enough for your kindness and generosity towards our family as we try to navigate this challenging path.Thank you!“
Graeser Family Shower Update

Live Like Lou's home improvement grant application will open next year for registered Live Like Lou families, with applications accepted and funds awarded on a rolling basis. Please email us at info@livelikelou.org for more information.

Interested in more inspiration? Check out the completed projects from our 2022 home improvement grants.

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