Abby Kass has spent more than 30 years in the field of education, as an arts education administrator, and, for the past fifteen years, a public school Spanish teacher. After caring for her dad, who had cancer, at the same time that her husband, Ben, had ALS, Abby also became a certified caregiving consultant. She is devoted to supporting caregivers who are doing what she refers to as the most challenging, yet loving and meaningful work she has ever done. A devoted fan of all
Mike Pierce is an ALS Warrior and member of the Hope Loves Company family. We were fortunate to have Mike's wife, Tricia, and daughter, Cassidy at Camp HLC at Fairview Lake last weekend! Thank you Mike for participating in our #ALSAwarenessMonth campaign, HLC Chats With! (HLC): Do you have a nick name? How did you get it?
(MP): My favorite nicknames are Dad or Coach. I have coached all three of my kids over 19 seasons and absolutely loved being called coach. Dad is by far th
Mackenzie Anderson is an HLC Young Ambassador and has attended many of our HLC programs, including Camp HLC. When her mother, Susan, was diagnosed with ALS, Mackenzie became an ALS Advocate, raising funds for both Hope Loves Company and other ALS organizations! Every year, Hope Loves Company awards an HLC Ambassador the Susan Anderson Scholarship Award in Susan's honor and memory. Mackenzie was the first recipient. Read on to learn a little more about Mackenzie and her journe
Jodi O'Donnell-Ames is the Founder and Community Engagement Director of Hope Loves Company. She created HLC from her home in 2007 to support children affected by ALS the way she wished her own children had been supported. Thank you Jodi for all that you do for Hope Loves Company and the families that we support! (HLC): Do you have a nick name? (JOA): Not many people know this but my nickname is Josie. My late brother-in-law Jim called me Josie - Steely Dan song reference! He
Thank you, Gwen, for participating in our ALS Awareness Month campaign, HLC Chats With! We are so fortunate to have Gwen and her husband, Nate, joining us at this year's #CampHLC in California! Gwen lives in San Francisco, CA, is living with ALS and is an ALS advocate, and discovered HLC through a friend who has attended Camp HLC! Thank you Gwen and Nate for being a part of the HLC family! (HLC): What is your favorite childhood memory? (GP): Swimming. I swam competitively and
Thank you Guðjón for participating in our ALS Awareness Month campaign! The Hope Loves Company team and our Young Ambassadors were very fortunate to meet Guðjón when we visited Iceland in July of 2017 to share HLC's mission and programs with the Icelandic MND Association. Since then, Guðjón has been one of our greatest friends and supporters! Thank you, Guðjón! (HLC): Do you have a nick name? How did you get it? (GS): Gaui, it is shorter than Gudjon and we all got nick names
Sara Cooper is a Board Member of Hope Loves Company, Founder of Cooper Creative Group, and one of our wonderful friends and supporters. In fact, Sara helped create this ALS Awareness Month Campaign! Thank you Sara for your ingenuity, intelligence, kindness, and support. We are lucky to have you serving on our BOD but even more so to have you as a friend. (HLC): What is your favorite childhood memory? (SC): I am blessed to have many... sitting in my grandmother's kitchen on th