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The Brigance Brigade Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with mission to equip, encourage, and empower people living with ALS.

Founded by #57 former champion football player, O.J. Brigance and his wife, Chanda, the Brigance Brigade Foundation cultivates a caring community, demands dignity for all, and actively works to create a lasting, positive impact to realize a world where people touched by ALS thrive with purpose and passion.

At the Brigance Brigade Foundation, we celebrate the lives and legacies of those in our extended ALS family. Thank you to our generous donors and sponsors who give each year to honor the legacy of those we love and lose to ALS. We couldn’t do it without you!


While we dream of a world without ALS, there are people who need help right now. It is the understanding of this need that fuels the Brigance Brigade Foundation.

ALS reveals itself differently in each person and is typically that last stop on a long journey of ruling-out other ailments as initial symptoms manifest. The body fails, but the mind remains sharp.

The diagnosis can cause mental, physical, emotional, and financial upheaval – families battling ALS can face expenses over $200,000/year and the average life expectancy is only 2-5 years; since there’s no cure, those living with the disease can only be made more comfortable during their decline in health.

That is where the Brigance Brigade Foundation comes in!

Support. Care. Medication. Equipment.

The Brigance Family legacy, with O.J. and Chanda at the helm, is to equip, encourage, and empower people living with ALS. Through their strength and fortitude, we, at the Brigance Brigade Foundation and our extended ALS family, live the mission every day and remain vigilant in the FIGHT against ALS.

To request support and/or additional program information, please contact us at info@brigancebrigade.org


PALS Grant Program

Designed to meet the immediate needs of PALS and their families, the The Brigance Brigade Foundation PALS Grant Program provides families with financial support in the following areas, not covered by insurance: in-home medical care, caregiver respite care, equipment, and medication.

BBF is still accepting grants for 2019.

2020 grants cycle is not yet open or available. Please contact us to be added to our mailing list for the upcoming cycle.

Chanda’s Caregiver Corner

You can’t take care of others without first taking care of yourself. 95% of the primary caregivers in our network are the spouse or child of the PALS. The Brigance Brigade Foundation is proud to be a resource for caregivers and families by providing information, connections, and community to those fighting alongside their loved ones.

Bring your own Brigade

We encourage PALS and CALS to join us at our signature events to celebrate your own life and legacy with YOUR Brigade! Thanks for our generous community of donors, we welcome PALS, their primary caregiver, and a nurse with complimentary admission, designated parking, and support services (when available) at each of our annual signature events!

Pay it Forward

In 2008, when O.J. Brigance was diagnosed with ALS, he and his wife, Chanda, had some critical decisions to make. They fell to their knees in the kitchen of the home they share and wept together as they were racked with uncertainty. Through their faith, O.J. and Chanda knew they would be OK and their attention turned to others in need. The Brigances chose to be a beacon of light for those affected – to show you can remain positive, continue to love, and continue to feel the blessings of the life you were given, no matter the circumstances.

O.J. and Chanda chose to FIGHT. They chose to embrace their new life and dedicate their future efforts to help fill a niche for families battling this devastating disease. To this day, the Brigance Brigade Foundation is one of the few ALS support organizations committed to providing financial assistance to families battling the disease, for the things they need to thrive in their life with as much dignity as possible.

If you are a PALS family who is blessed to be resourced and able to Pay it Forward, please consider giving the gift of care by making a donation and/or adding the Brigance Brigade Foundation to your final arrangements and planned giving.

For more information about our annual giving, corporate support, signature events, 3rd-party events, or other ways you can JOIN THE FIGHT, please email info@brigancebrigade.org

Brigance Brigade Foundation EIN: 45-4718969

Thank you!