Happy Birthday, Harvey Gaffen!

In 1976, Harvey Gaffen’s brother-in-law and best friend, Les Turner, was diagnosed with ALS at the age of 36. Les was a businessman in the Chicago area and married with three young boys. “Being brothers-in-law was secondary to being best friends. …

“Our family will never forget…”

This past May was ALS Awareness Month. Every year members of our Les Turner ALS family seize the opportunity to help raise awareness about the disease. Tag Day volunteers and ALS Awareness advocates spread the message of hope and help …

“Everyone deserves a voice…”

Tuesday, April 16 was World Voice Day, a day to talk about the importance of healthy and effective communication. It’s estimated that approximately 75% of all people diagnosed with ALS will need some form of communication assistance. Communication devices are …

“They’re like a second family…”

On Saturday, March 9, we honored Mindy Evans-Williams with the Hope Through Caring Award at our annual Hope Through Caring Gala. Mindy has been living with ALS for over two decades, supported by the Foundation every step of the way. …

What Comprehensive Care Means to Us

During a typical visit to the Les Turner ALS Center at Northwestern Medicine, people living with ALS meet with several members of their care team. From neurologists and genetic counselors to occupational therapists and dieticians, our clinicians at the Lois …

A Vision for our Future

Here’s the story of another year of extraordinary fundraising, passionate advocacy and, as always, hope for a cure. It’s the story of a group of individuals that are constantly looking to the future, ensuring we are here for every person …

Thankful for Our Les Turner Family

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones! Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on all the things we’re grateful for. Most of the time, it’s the simple things we appreciate the most, like a nice warm meal with our …