Who is Chris?
Family man. Fund-raiser. Fighter.
Raleigh native, Chris Combs, is the former pitcher and first baseman for both the North Carolina State Wolfpack and Pittsburgh Pirates. He and his wife, Gena, have three children: Anne Marie, Ava Grace, and Christopher. When Chris was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in May 2016, he, his friends and family gathered around to ask—how can we spark change?
So, we formed Team Chris Combs.
This passionate effort, led by Chris and Gena, aims to raise awareness about ALS, and along the way, raise funds for targeted research that they believe will advance the entire field. With the help of one of their partners, Project ALS, they have raised over $3.5 million.
Want to be a part of something big?
NC State baseball ALS awareness game
NC State baseball will host an ALS awareness game on Saturday, May 11, vs Clemson. In honor of this game, we will be auctioning off NC State baseball throwback jerseys. All proceeds from this auction will go directly to Team Chris Combs at Project ALS to fund continual research to find a cure for ALS.
The auction is currently live, and will be available through the end of the baseball game on May 11. Please click here to bid on the jerseys:
What is ALS?
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that attacks certain cells in the brain and spinal cord that control muscle movement, leading to muscle weakness and paralysis.
What is our impact?
Every 90 Minutes, someone is diagnosed with ALS, for which there is no cure…yet.
With the help and sponsorship of Project ALS, research groups at Columbia University, and a core team of doctors, Team Chris Combs has transformed the landscape of ALS research over the past three years. Not only have they accelerated the pace of ALS drug discovery, but they’ve brought us closer to a cure than ever before.
After establishing the Project ALS Therapeutics Core at Columbia, a partnership between a world-class academic institution and a leading nonprofit organization, doctors have been able to systematically identify, optimize and evaluate potential before delivering the most promising to human trial.
In 2018, the core made several advances, most significantly, the novel compound PHB, which has been shown to slow the progression of ALS. In 2019, Project ALS and Columbia plan to work with the FDA to market PHB to people and families suffering with ALS, an effort deemed impossible without the funds raised through Team Chris Combs.
How can I help?
The best way you can support Team Chris Combs and their efforts is by donating, participating, and educating.
Donations can also be made to the Chris Combs Family Trust. This money will be used for Chris’ healthcare costs and eventually for the education costs of his children. If you would like to donate to the trust, please make a check payable to David Christopher Combs and his family trust and mail it to:
RBC Wealth Management
Attn: Nan Winborne
4208 Six Forks Rd
Raleigh, NC 27609
All donations made to Project ALS are tax deductible. Donations to the family trust are not tax deductible.