The leader in comprehensive ALS care in Chicagoland.

Although we’re one of the largest independent ALS groups in the country, we treat each person like family and we’re committed to supporting them every step of the way. Our individualized approach ensures each person living with the disease receives the best quality of care, and our local community of support provides their loved ones with answers and encouragement. Our Les Turner ALS Center at Northwestern Medicine is led by the most well-respected and successful clinicians and researchers in the field, advancing vital care and research in pursuit of life-enhancing treatments and a cure. Learn More

Individualized Care, a Local Community of Support and Hope through Scientific Research

ALS is scary. Really scary. The progression of ALS can mean tomorrow is often worse than today. As a result, people living with ALS are overwhelmed and unsure of what questions to ask and what to do next. The Les Turner ALS Foundation exists to care for those affected by the disease, answer their questions, support them and their loved ones and provide hope through scientific research.

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. ALS is scary. Really scary. But we’re here to answer your questions, provide encouragement and ensure you, and those you love, feel comforted and confident as you progress in your ALS journey.

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You Are Part of Our Family

“Don’t wait until tomorrow, we have no way of knowing what tomorrow holds.” – Matthew Scott Usher, a person living with ALS

Matthew Scott Usher, husband and father of three, isn’t sure he’ll see his children up, but your support gives him hope for a better quality of life with his family.

It’s your support that makes it possible for us to support Scott and his family. Please give today.

Learn more about Scott, his family and how you can give the gift of hope:

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We treat each person like family and we’re committed to supporting them every step of the way.

You Are the Reason We Exist

Over the last 40 years, you have helped us build an ALS community in Chicagoland that feels like family. And just as each member of a family is unique, so is our care for each person living with ALS. We exist to provide care for those affected by ALS, answer their questions, support their loved ones and provide hope through scientific research.


  • Support Services

    We provide a personalized approach to treatment and care–preparing people living with ALS to navigate their difficult journey and supporting them every step of the way. Learn More

  • Les Turner ALS Center at Northwestern Medicine

    Our Les Turner ALS Center at Northwestern Medicine effectively connects the worlds of research and patient support to ensure the best care is provided and the brightest minds are working to find a cure. Learn More

  • Education & Events

    Through a variety of special events and educational opportunities, we’re increasing awareness and education of ALS locally and nationwide, because we believe progress is achieved by working together. Find an Event

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