- Posted October 9, 2014 by
Newport Beach, California
Stuart Millheiser ALS Guardian Angels Charity
(San Juan Capistrano) - October 8th -
Every morning Stuart Millheiser wakes up, gets a cup of coffee, and sits down in front of his laptop on his kitchen table. His email inbox is full of emails from people desperate for help.
“Can you help us pay the rent? We’re about to get evicted.”
“Can you help us turn on the heat to our apartment?”
“Can you come and hold the hand of a dying patient as we’re about to take him off the respirator and his family has given up on him.”
These people all have ALS, or Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. It is a debilitating disease with no known cure. These people have nobody to turn to and society has largely given up on them. Stuart decided to start a 501(c)(3) charity, ALS Guardian Angels, to originally help the father of one of his daughters classmates who had ALS. The bed-ridden father was an ex Marine and his daughter would come into school in tears, because she was so tired from having to take care of her father full time and study for school. Stuart paid down one year's worth of their mortgage and hired someone to come in and take care of the father so that his daughter could attend to her studies at school.
ALS Guardian Angels is unique in the sense that 100% of all donations go towards people with ALS. Stuart does not take a salary. All of his “administrative expenses” are all paid out of his own pocket, with no reimbursement. While other charities focus on finding a cure, Stuart’s focuses on helping those in dire need. He runs the charity out of his home office. It is not glamourous, nor does he have a big staff of workers. It is a lean-and-mean operation dedicated only to helping those with ALS in immediate need. He does not advertise for donations, and he tends to shy away from the public limelight.
The internet viral sensation “The Ice Bucket Challenge” brought public awareness to ALS. However most of the money donated went to finding a cure, not helping those with ALS who need help the most. If you would like to donate money, time, or goods to ALS Guardian Angels, and help someone out who’s in immediate need, please visit his website to get in contact with Stuart.