The goal of the newly launched ALS Home Health Initiative is to provide greater support for people across the country who are living with amytrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

In partnership with The ALS Association, Major League Baseball launches the “MLB Fights ALS Campaign” to raise $1 million for the initiative, beginning with a $50,000 donation from the league. The campaign is in honor of Pete Frates, the former Boston College baseball player and Ice Bucket Challenge co-founder.

The funds raised from the ALS Home Health Initiative will be used to help offset the costs of home health care for some people living with ALS, and they will be distributed via its chapter network and its new and existing care programs for people living with ALS, per a media release from The ALS Association.

“We are committed to providing greater support for those individuals living with ALS who face significant financial burdens because of this terrible disease,” says Barbara Newhouse, president and CEO of The ALS Association, in the release. “Time and again, we have heard from the members of the ALS community that high health care costs are the number one issue they would like us to address.”

The MLB Fights ALS Campaign will run through the month of August.

“Major League Baseball is truly stepping up the plate with its ‘MLB Fights ALS’ campaign,” Newhouse adds. “We thank Commissioner Manfred and the 30 clubs around the league for their generous gift and their commitment to helping us provide greater care to people living with ALS.”

[Source(s): The ALS Association, PR Newswire]