Be-X Receives $10,500 Grant from the Degen Foundation

July 21, 2015

Be-X Receives $10,500 Grant from the Degen Foundation

Grant Will Fund Assistance to People with Lou Gehrig’s disease in the River Valley

Fort Smith, Ark. – July 22, 2015 – Be Extraordinary, an organization whose mission is to help people with disabilities reach a life goal, has received a grant from the Fort Smith-based The Degen Foundation.  The grant will help provide Be Extraordinary’s services to people with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, in the seven county River Valley region of Western Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma.

Jennifer Kistler, Be Extraordinary’s board President said “This generous grant from The Degen Foundation will enable us to help local individuals with ALS to communicate more effectively and maintain independence as they deal with this devastating condition.”

The ALS Association Arkansas Chapter Executive Director, Jennifer Necessary remarked, “We are pleased to partner with Be Extraordinary on this important work. Technology can have a big impact on the quality of life for people with ALS and the engineers with Be Extraordinary do a great job.” This ALS chapter also serves Eastern Oklahoma.

Be Extraordinary helps people with severe disabilities who want to accomplish a life goal. The goal can be wide ranging -- improved participation in their health care, access to books, better communication with family or friends, the ability to advocate on their own behalf, or accomplish an educational or vocational goal. To request services under this grant please contact Be Extraordinary at 479-310-5483, or email at

Be Extraordinary is a 501(c)(3) organization and depends upon tax-deductible contributions from generous donors to fund these projects.


 For more information on Be Extraordinary, the ALS Association Arkansas Chapter, or The Degen Foundation, please visit,, or


Tom Jakobs             or          John Riggins
479-632-4166                       501-765-4999