What is ALS?

ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) is a rapidly progressive, neuromuscular disease that causes muscle weakness in the arms and legs and causes difficulty speaking and swallowing. ALS can, in some cases, also cause changes in intellectual function, mood, behavior or personality.

No two cases of ALS are the same and no two people living with ALS are exactly alike. The symptoms and progression of the disease can vary greatly. While technically considered a “rare disease,” experts predict an individual’s lifetime risk of acquiring ALS is about 1 in 300, by the age of 85.

The Les Turner ALS Foundation exists to care for those affected by the disease, answer their questions, support them and their loved ones and provide hope through scientific research.

We provide a personalized approach to treatment and care – preparing people living with ALS to navigate their difficult journey and supporting them and those they love each step of the way.

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with ALS, please contact our Director of Support Services and Education to learn how our completely free support services can help you. ALS can be scary, but no one has to go through it alone. Our wealth of knowledge is unmatched, as is our commitment to people living with ALS. We are always one phone call away.


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