By Andrew P. NapolitanoAs a result of a recent diagnosis of ALS, the country has experienced a wave of fundraising.
But Amazon’s latest effort is a little different.
The company announced on Monday that it will donate $1 million to the American Red Cross ALS Fund, an organization set up by the American Cancer Society to help those affected by the disease.
Amazon’s donations are part of a new initiative to help other companies and individuals.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who is a major donor to the ALS Association, said in a statement that the company is “working with other leading tech companies, foundations and organizations to help the cause of ALS.”
The ALS Association has launched a fundraising drive to help raise awareness about the disease and to raise money for research and treatment.
The new donation comes as Amazon has also been one of the largest donors to research into ALS.
Last year, it donated more than $1.8 million to a number of research projects, including the development of a drug to combat the disease in animals.
The American Red Hook Foundation, a nonprofit that provides financial support for research on ALS, announced earlier this year that it had pledged $100 million to two groups working on the disease: the ALS Society of America and the ALS Neural Interface Center at MIT.