Robert “Bob” P. Ives is a familiar face at the Foundation. He has presented at our ALS Learning Series webinars, provided feedback on the My ALS Decision Tool™, and participates in our support groups. Bob and his wife Mary are true advocates for the ALS community and have provided generous funding towards our support services and ALS research.
Bob is a veteran who served as a lieutenant in the Army during the building of the Berlin Wall and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Following his time with the military, he worked as an engineer and owned his own business.
“I have always prioritized ‘giving back’ as my financial and time resources permit. I prefer to support entities that are close to my family, like the Les Turner ALS Foundation. What I especially like about the Foundation is that their services are available to anyone in the Chicago area, and they fund significant research programs.”
In 2021, Bob was presented with the Hope Through Caring Award at the Foundation’s Hope Through Caring Gala. This award honors those whose commitment to the fight against ALS has helped raise funds for research, provide services for patients and families and increase public awareness. He understands the importance of the Foundation’s services from his own experience with them.
“After emotionally recovering from my ALS diagnosis, I sought help in dealing with the devastating ALS prognosis. I attended one of the Foundation’s support group meetings. There, I met now retired support services coordinator Ileane Mindel, RN, who introduced me to the array of support services available through the Foundation.”
We are grateful to Bob and Mary for helping to fund research and our support services which provide education, resources, and care to people living with ALS and their families.
Please consider making a gift so that others, like Bob and his family, receive the support they need in their fight against ALS.