Since 1977, the Les Turner ALS Foundation has been a leader in research, patient care, and education about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), better known as Lou Gehrig's disease, and other motor neuron diseases (MND). The Foundation serves more than 90% of the ALS population in the Chicago area. The Foundation is also one of the nation's largest independent ALS organizations and has raised over $48 million to fight Lou Gehrig's disease. In addition, through wide-ranging research and symposiums for healthcare professionals, the Foundation reaches the ALS community worldwide. The Foundation is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine and is a founding member of the International Alliance of ALS/MND Associations.
Les Turner, a Chicago area businessman, beloved husband and father, was diagnosed with ALS in 1976. Frustrated by the lack of information and research on ALS at the time, he and his family and friends started the Foundation in 1977, just a year before Les' tragic death at age 38. The founders wanted ALS patients and families of the future to have the resources, support, and hope for a cure unavailable to Les.
The Foundation's mission supports:
Patient services. Full spectrum patient care, including the Les Turner/Lois Insolia ALS Center, the Home Care and Community Services Team, a communications and medical equipment program, respite grants, support group meetings, and much more.
Research. More than 30 years of groundbreaking research in partnership with the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois.
Events, education and awareness. Local focus—global reach. Take part in events in your own neighborhood that will support ALS families in Chicago and beyond.
To learn more about the history of the Les Turner ALS Foundation and of the fight against ALS, please visit our history and mission page.