Help and hope for people with Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Since 1977, the Les Turner ALS Foundation has been Chicagoland's leader in patient services, research, and education for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), better known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, and other motor neuron diseases (MND).

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Andrea Pauls Backman Appointed as Foundation's Next Executive Director


We are thrilled to announce the Board of Directors of the Les Turner ALS Foundation has appointed its next Executive Director. Andrea began working in the Foundation office Monday, February 23 alongside longtime Executive Director Wendy Abrams to transition into the role and ensure transfer of knowledge. Join us in welcoming Andrea! Read the announcement here. 

Statement on Clinical Trials from the ALS Community

Read the full statement released from members of the ALS Community on February 2, 2015 regarding its support of clinical trials, specifically related to the recent clinical trial of Genervon's GM604. Read the statement here.

Foundation and Executive Director Honored by Northwestern Medicine

The Foundation and its longtime Executive Director Wendy Abrams were honored on Tuesday, February 10 by the Northwestern  University Feinberg School of Medicine leaders for their longstanding partnership and support of the school. Read the full article here.


Wendy Abrams to be Honored at Hope Through Caring Award Dinner

Executive Director Wendy Abrams will be honored at the 28th Annual Hope Through Caring Award Dinner on Saturday, March 7 at the Ritz Carlton Chicago. Join us in honoring Wendy by purchasing a ticket or making a donation in her honor! 

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