What are you doing to raise awareness?
May isn’t just an exciting month because we can finally put away our winter jackets. May is also exciting because it’s ALS Awareness Month, a chance for the ALS community to work together to raise awareness for a disease that is personal to each of us. Did you know every 90 minutes someone is diagnosed with ALS and every 90 minutes someone dies from ALS? That’s 16 people a day. 112 people a week. 5,824 per year across the country. For each of those people, we have to keep fighting.
Public awareness leads to a greater understanding of the realities of the disease. A greater understanding leads to increased funding. And increased funding leads to more resources for people living with ALS and more money devoted to research. There are a lot of ways to raise awareness. If you’re looking for a few specific ideas, read on to see how you can raise awareness this ALS Awareness Month with the Les Turner ALS Foundation.
ALS Awareness Advocates
Tiffany Jilpas-Trakas is using Awareness Month to be an ALS Awareness Advocate in honor of her father. “I want to give hope and help for people living with ALS because it keeps the legacy of my father living on. You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have!”
We have nearly 50 ALS Awareness Advocates just like Tiffany who will be pounding the pavement, passing out awareness cards and stickers and spreading our message of hope and help for people living with ALS. Becoming an ALS Awareness Advocate is a fun, free and convenient way to raise awareness that doesn’t involve any fundraising. Join us in our grassroots efforts!
Tag Days Campaign
The weather is turning just in time for our Tag Days drives volunteers and captains like Meg Rooney! A longtime member of the Les Turner ALS Foundation family, Meg is spearheading a Tag Days drive in her community of Beverly, Illinois in honor of her husband, John, who passed away from ALS in 2016. Our Tag Days captains like Meg work with us to coordinate with their community, request Tag Days materials and recruit volunteers for their drives throughout Chicagoland, all in their effort to raise awareness and fundraise for people living with ALS.
If you’re interested in giving a few hours of your time and enthusiasm, or you happen to spot a Tag Days drive volunteer in your community, be sure to roll down your window, say hello and donate. See all the Tag Days drives across Chicagoland!