"The ALS Association is a recognized leader in the fight against ALS, and as the new president and CEO, I will make sure that we earn that distinction everyday," Gilbert said. "My most important priorities are to intensify our aggressive focus on finding new treatments and a cure for ALS while we rededicate ourselves each day to providing the best and most compassionate care for people with ALS across our nation."
"I will lead this effort with a sense of urgency because people with ALS cannot wait; their survival rate is only two to five years from the time of diagnosis, a fact that I find totally unacceptable," continued Gilbert. "I view the fight against ALS as an emergency that requires an all-encompassing response that will not cease until a cure is found."
Prior to her American Red Cross position in Washington, D.C., Gilbert was the vice president of the Mid-Atlantic Service Area for the American Red Cross. Before the American Red Cross, Gilbert was the director of development for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Omaha.
Gilbert holds a master's degree in business from the University of Nebraska and a bachelor's degree in communications and speech from Southern Methodist University in Texas.
ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), which took the life of baseball legend Lou Gehrig, is a progressive, neurodegenerative disease that afflicts 30,000 people in America.
The ALS Association is the only non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig's Disease on every front. By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide netwo
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