Hope and help for people with ALS.
For nearly forty years, the Les Turner ALS Foundation has been Chicagoland’s leader in research, patient services and education about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), serving nearly 90 percent 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 and educational programs. 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?
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.
Open Water Swim for ALS
Participate in one of the only timed, open water swimming events in Lake Michigan while raising funds for ALS research at the Open Water Swim for ALS on Sunday, August 7 at Tower Road Beach in Winnetka, Illinois. Join us as we swim towards a cure.
Serving nearly 90% 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.
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
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
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