HRBEK-SING COMMUNICATION AND ASSISTIVE DEVICE PROGRAM

The Hrbek-Sing Communication and Assistive Device Program is a program available to any persons with ALS living in The Chapter's service area.  The program provides augmentative communication equipment to individuals who have lost their ability to verbally communicate.  The program also helps persons with ALS maintain their independence by providing computer access equiment and/or environmental control devices.

The Chapter began a new program in 1995 to alleviate communications issues experienced by people with ALS as they lose their ability to speak. The concept for the program was developed by former chapter board member and PALS, Larry Sing, who died at age 43.

Former Minnesota Twin, Kent Hrbek’s father, Edward, died in 1982 of ALS at the age of 53. Kent and his wife Jeanie helped form the Minnesota chapter and have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the cause. With underwriting by the Hrbeks, the Hrbek-Sing Program became a reality. Since its inception, the program's mission has expanded to include devices which help people with ALS related paralysis control their immediate environment, thereby enhancing their independence and assisting with computer access methods when people are no longer able to use a standard keyboard and mouse.

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Please continue to support the program...
Funding for the Hrbek-Sing Communication and Assistive Device Program comes primarily from the Larry Sing Memorial Golf Classic.  This program is a tribute to Larry and Kent's dedication to The ALS Association, to the patients and families fighting ALS and our hope of find a a cure. 

You can support the program as well.

  • Monetary donations can be made to the Hrbek-Sing Program and those funds will be used to purchase new equipment/devices and to maintain used equipment/devices.
  • Many items purchased via insurance can and have been donated to the program.  If you would like to donate equipment/devices, please let us know.  

Questions or concerns regarding the Hrbek-Sing Program should be directed to Care Services Coordinators, Kristin Wallock, MS, OTR/L kristin@alsmn.org or Lisa Kronk, R.N. lisa@alsmn.org at 888/612-672-0484.