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Thanks for ALS support

Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

Most people live their lives in harmony, but for the thousands of people in the U.S. who are living with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, the body breaks down, one part at a time. 

The breakdown often begins with the extremities. Next, a person with ALS may lose his voice, and as time goes on, breathing becomes compromised. Perhaps worst of all, in most cases, the brain is not affected.

And because there is no cure, ALS is fatal.

At the Les Turner ALS Foundation, we are dedicated to treating and eliminating ALS through research, patient services, education and advocacy.

During National ALS Awareness Month in May, the Les Turner ALS Foundation put the spotlight on ALS through CTA advertisements, radio spots, a blue city skyline, and hundreds of volunteers collected donations as part of our annual Tag Days drives.

The Tag Days drives throughout Chicago and the suburbs raised more than $60,000. We thank the captains for their efforts and appreciate the people who supported the cause.

Founded in 1977, the Foundation serves more than 90 percent of the ALS population in the Chicago region and is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine, where it funds both a clinical care program and two scientific research laboratories. It offers a range of patient services, such as support group meetings and professional in-home consultation services, and coordinates educational and advocacy programs. To those who supported our ALS Awareness Month activities, thank you.

Wendy Abrams

Executive Director, Les Turner ALS Foundation, Skokie

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