Hope and help for people with ALS.

For forty years, the Les Turner ALS Foundation has been Chicagoland’s leader in research, patient services and education about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), serving the vast majority of people with ALS in the area, offering hope and help when it’s needed most. Learn More

Leaders in ALS Research, Patient Care & Education

The Les Turner ALS Foundation’s full spectrum patient service programs include: in-home consultations, support groups, equipment loans, grants and educational activities. The Foundation offers hope for a future without ALS by supporting the Les Turner ALS Research and Patient Center at Northwestern Medicine, bringing together three research laboratories and a multidisciplinary patient clinic under one umbrella.

What is ALS?

What is ALS?

ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) is a rapidly progressive, terminal disease that causes muscle weakness, difficulty speaking and swallowing and, generally, complete paralysis. Every 90 minutes someone in the US is diagnosed with ALS and every 90 minutes, someone in the US dies of ALS.

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Join Team Race for ALS in the 2018 Chicago Marathon

Now is your chance to accomplish something HISTORIC for the ALS community: Run with Team Race for ALS in the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Saturday, October 7, 2018. Hurry, registration closes November 29. If you’ve ran the Chicago Marathon with us in the past, we will WAIVE your registration fee! Team Race for ALS will provide all the tools you need to succeed on the track and in your fundraising. Each mile you run will support all those who lose their ability to run because of ALS. To register, contact events@lesturnerals.org 

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Serving the vast majority of people living with ALS in the Chicagoland area

The Les Turner ALS Foundation offers hope for a future without ALS by supporting the Les Turner ALS Research and Patient Center at Northwestern Medicine, bringing together three research laboratories and a multi-disciplinary patient clinic under one umbrella.

Our Impact in the Mission Against ALS

With your help, we’re having a real impact in advancing scientific research into the causes, treatments and prevention of ALS. Find out how your donations are providing people living with ALS (PALS), their families and caregivers with exceptional clinical care, support services and access to world-class research.


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    Support Services

    Through the Lois Insolia ALS Clinic and our Home and Community Services Team, the Les Turner ALS Foundation’s support services help patients and their loved ones cope with the day-to-day difficulties of living with a chronic disease. Learn More

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    Research & Patient Center

    Bringing together three research laboratories led by world-renowned scientists and one of the nation’s first multi-disciplinary patient clinics, we offer hope for a future without ALS. Learn More

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    Events & Education

    Through a variety of special events and educational opportunities, the Foundation is increasing awareness and education of ALS not only locally, but nationwide. Find an Event

Where Your Donation Goes

Locations of Patients We Serve
$64 Million Raised Since 1977

Every 90 minutes some is diagnosed and dies from ALS
In the U.S., someone is diagnosed with ALS every 90 minutes and every 90 minutes someone with ALS dies