January 2020 Events eNews

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Honoring Two Remarkable People Living with ALS

At our upcoming Hope Through Caring Gala on Saturday, February 22, we’ll honor two extraordinary individuals living with ALS.

Ed Rapp’s career as Group President at Caterpillar Inc was cut short when he was diagnosed with ALS in 2015. After his diagnosis, Ed founded Stay Strong vs. ALS which invests in institutions focused on finding a cure and improving assistive devices for people living with ALS. Ed will receive our Harvey and Bonny Gaffen Advancements in ALS Award.

Matt Creen will be awarded our Hope Through Caring award for his selfless commitment to inspiring hope and supporting the Chicagoland ALS community. In addition to raising over $450,000 to help families living with ALS through the annual Matt Creen Golf Invitational, the event has spread awareness about the Foundation and ALS.

Presenting the award to Matt in a special video presentation will be Steve Gleason, Former NFL Player, Founder, Team Gleason, and as of this week, a Congressional Gold Medal Recipient. Join us for a wonderful evening honoring two remarkable individuals living with ALS in our community>>


Are You Ready for ALS Awareness Month

Throughout ALS Awareness Month in May, hundreds of volunteers and ALS Awareness Advocates spread the message of hope and help and raise funds to support people living with ALS.

Tiffony Banks and her family host a Tag Days Drive in their town of Flossmoor, in honor of Tiffony’s late mother, Gloria, who passed away from ALS. And it’s a tradition they look forward to year after year since their first drive in 2012.

“Tag Days is one of the most important yearly events that my family has the privilege to be involved in. We even have family members who drive several miles or fly in just to participate,” shares Tiffony.

We’re looking for energetic leaders like Tiffony to host Tag Days Drives in May. We provide the yellow vests, ALS Awareness cards and collection cans, you bring the volunteers and have fun! Support our Les Turner ALS family by hosting a Tag Days Drive in your community>>


Youth Group’s Pumpkin Patch Supports People Living with ALS

Aimee Collins, along with Connor, Katie and Aidan, stopped by our Foundation office to drop off a donation from their youth-group fundraiser.

Aimee’s youth group, through the Park Ridge Community Church, took advantage of our Fundraise Your Way program, a community-based program that gives you the opportunity to raise money by planning your own fundraising event or online fundraiser.

These creative kids hosted a pumpkin patch, selling pumpkins and raising money for our Chicagoland ALS family!

We are so grateful to Aimee, Connor, Katie, Aidan and the rest of the youth group for their support and for their unique idea to help raise funds and awareness for people living with ALS.  You can turn your fundraising idea into a reality with our Fundraise Your Way program>>