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 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.

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Run for Those Who Can’t, Join Team Race for ALS

Team Race for ALS provides you with the tools you need to successfully complete the 2020 Chicago Marathon! 

Ranging from weekend joggers to Triathletes, our Team is ready to cross the finish line in pursuit of a cure.

Every mile you run and dollar you raise supports a person living with ALS.

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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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