Les Turner ALS Foundation
History and Mission
The story of the Les Turner ALS Foundation begins with one man’s ALS diagnosis in 1976. Les Turner, a Chicago area businessman, husband and father, was frustrated by the lack of local resources available to manage the devastating effects of his diagnosis. His family and friends supported his desire to provide support to others affected by the disease with the resources and hope for a cure unavailable to him. In doing so, they inspired his legacy.
For forty years, the Les Turner ALS Foundation has been Chicagoland’s leader in research, patient care and education about ALS.
The mission of the Les Turner ALS Foundation is to:
- Advance scientific research into the causes, treatments and prevention of ALS
- Provide exceptional clinical care and support services to people living with ALS, their families and caregivers
- Increase awareness and education of ALS
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