Chicagoland’s leader in comprehensive ALS care.
The Les Turner ALS Foundation is one of the longest-serving independent ALS groups in the country. For over 40 years, we have taken an individualized approach to ensure each person living with the disease receives the best quality of care and access to the most promising therapies. We treat each person like family, supporting them every step of the way, and provide 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
Local Community Support,
Hope through Scientific Research
The progression of ALS can mean tomorrow is often worse than today. As a result, people living with ALS may feel 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?
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) is a terminal progressive 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.
ALS Awareness Month
ALS Awareness Month, recognized globally each May, is an opportunity to share information with your community about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a fatal neurodegenerative disease, and the unmatched work of the Les Turner ALS Foundation.
This ALS Awareness Month, we are launching our Take a Breath Campaign. To honor and recognize the resiliency of people with ALS, for whom breathing is a daily challenge, we invite you to raise awareness and funds during the month of May.
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.
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