Awareness Month

What is ALS Awareness Month?

ALS Awareness Month, recognized nationally 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. We invite you, your passion and commitment to a cure, to join us as we spread the message of hope and help for people living with ALS.

Above all, ALS Awareness Month is a way for community members to rally around people living with ALS and their families and spread awareness.

Did You Know?

  • The average survival rate for someone affected by ALS is 2 to 5 years.
  • More than 90% of people with ALS have no known family history of the disease.
  • Researchers predict an individual's lifetime risk of acquiring ALS is about 1 in 300 by the age of 85.
  • Each year, at the Foundation, we lose one-third of the people we directly serve to ALS.
  • U.S. military veterans are twice as likely to develop ALS compared to non-veterans.
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"Although I cannot conduct research in the labs at Northwestern Medicine or provide care at the Lois Insolia ALS Clinic, what I CAN do, just like we ALL CAN, is spread awareness about ALS."

Cindy, daughter of person living with ALS

How to Spread ALS Awareness All Year:

As we all know, ALS does not discriminate. If it does not impact you, it could very well affect someone you care about. So here are a few easy actions that you and your friends can take to help raise awareness of ALS.

You can make a difference this month and beyond because there is no time to waste!

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