Comprehensive ALS care and support.
Founded in 1977, the Les Turner ALS Foundation is one of the longest-serving ALS groups in the country. Our support services team helps people living with ALS receive the best quality of care and access to the most promising therapies, and we offer support groups, ALS resources and webinars, and live events to provide answers and encouragement. Our Les Turner ALS Center at Northwestern Medicine is led by the most well-respected scientists and clinicians in the field, advancing vital research into causes, treatments, and cures for the disease. 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 Walk for Life
Thanks for joining us this past Saturday, Sept. 23 for food trucks, music, children's activities and a two-mile stroll along the lakefront in Chicago, finishing at historic Soldier Field.
The funds you raised will help provide comprehensive care and support to people living with ALS and their families so they can confidently navigate the disease, and advance research into causes, treatment and cures for ALS.
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 45 years, you have helped us build an ALS community 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