Walk for HOPE. Walk for HELP. Walk for LIFE.
What happens if it rains?
We walk rain or shine, so be prepared for all inclement weather. Bring sunscreen, bug spray, blankets, jackets, ponchos, umbrellas, etc.
Is there a registration fee to participate and/or a fundraising minimum?
We encourage anyone and everyone to participate so there is no fundraising and no registration fees. However, we do encourage each participant to set a fundraising goal of at least $100.
When do you begin and stop collecting donations for the Walk?
Since the ALS Walk for Life has become the Les Turner ALS Foundation’s signature event, we begin collecting donations January 1 and will keep our books open until December 31. We encourage you to turn in your money as early as possible but will accept donations on Walk day and after the Walk. Please ensure all checks are made out to the Les Turner ALS Foundation and that anytime you turn in money, your team name and the walker who should be credited is clearly indicated on the check and/or envelope.
Where should I mail checks?
Please mail checks only (no cash) to:
Les Turner ALS Foundation
Attn: ALS Walk for Life
5550 W Touhy Avenue, Suite 302
Skokie, IL 60077
Checks should be made payable to the Les Turner ALS Foundation and remember to indicate your team name and the walker that should be credited somewhere on the envelope. All offline gifts will be uploaded to your team page and reflected in your team’s fundraising total.
What are the dog rules and restrictions?
For the safety and comfort of people living with ALS, many of whom cannot move away from a lively pet, we ask you to leave your dogs at home. Only certified guide dogs are allowed inside Soldier Field and all guide dogs must be leashed and under their owners control at all times, no exceptions.
Can I submit to the March of Faces Banner?
Yes! The March of Faces Banner is a pictorial display of the courageous women and men—both past and present— stricken with ALS. The banners are used to heighten public awareness, raise funds for patient services and research, as well as advocate on issues that benefit people living with ALS and their families. The Foundation maintains several banners of people living with ALS from the Chicagoland area and displays them at special events throughout the year, including the Walk. To learn more or submit a photo, please visit http://lesturnerals.org/get-involved/march-of-faces/
Can I bring a tent?
To ensure everyone’s safety, pop up tents are not allowed. You are still welcome to bring tables, charcoal grills, chairs, blankets, etc. but ask that you leave your tents at home.
How do I receive an official ALS Walk for Life t-shirt?
All participants are allowed to pick up one t-shirt at the Walk. T-shirts will be given out at the t-shirt tent on a first come, first serve basis starting at 9:30am on event day.
Is the event wheelchair friendly?
Of course! Accessibility around the venue and along the Walk route is critical and our top priority.
Can we cookout after the Walk?
Yes, you’re welcome to bring food or snacks for your team members to enjoy, but there are a few exceptions. Gas grills and alcohol are NOT allowed at the Walk. Security guards from Soldier Field will be monitoring the event and have the authority to demand their removal.
If you’re interested in bringing a charcoal grill, we ask that teams clear the area and safely dispose of their charcoal by 2:30pm. Special bags will be provided for this purpose. Teams that don't want to grill can pack a picnic lunch, enjoy the complimentary light refreshments that are provided at the event or purchase a hot dog lunch on site for $5.
Where will my team gather?
Teams will gather in the Stadium Green, located on the south east side of Soldier Field. View the Walk Site Map to see the location of the Stadium Green and the event day setup.
Am I able to reserve a spot for my team in advance?
All participants can access the grounds at 8:30am on the day of the Walk. Spots in the Team Gathering Area, located in the Stadium Green, will be available on a first come first serve basis.
What is the Walk route?
The Walk Route is approximately 2 miles and will start along the lakefront, wind through museum campus and end with a stroll through Soldier Field.
How do I get to Soldier Field?
Soldier Field's address is 1410 S. Museum Campus Drive, Chicago, IL 60605. Exit Lake Shore Drive via 18th street and the entrance to the Waldron garage will be on your left. Directions are available on Soldier Field’s website. Please allow plenty of time for traffic and parking.
Where do I park?
General Parking - There is plenty of convenient and easy parking in the Waldron lot, which is located south of Soldier Field and can be accessed from 18th street. Each car will be expected to pay upon arrival (cash and credit card accepted). The amount is $20. Please note that the parking fee is regulated and collected by the Park District and therefore, we have no control over the amount.
People Living with ALS Reserved Parking - Handicap parking spots will be reserved for ALS patients on the lower level of the Waldron parking garage. This garage is located south of Soldier Field and leads directly to the team gathering area. If you or your team need to reserve a spot, contact the events team at email@example.com or 847 679 3311.
Bus Parking - If your team will be arriving by bus, please email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can notify Soldier Field. Buses should utilize the drop-off point in front of Gate 14. Once team members have unloaded, drivers will be directed to the South lot which can be accessed from 18th street.
Handicap Drop Off - There will be a drop off point north of the gathering area. It is located on the east side of Soldier Field, in front of Gate 14, and can be accessed from Museum Campus Drive.
What opportunities will be available to learn about current ALS research?
On Walk day, there will be a designated research area where you can meet the world-renowned scientific researchers from the Les Turner ALS Center at Northwestern Medicine, visit with representatives from the National ALS Registry and Biorepository or participate in a blood draw for ALS research administered by clinicians from our Center at Northwestern Medicine. Scroll down to learn more.
How can I help spread the word about the ALS Walk for Life?
On event day, help us go viral by using #ALSWalkforLife when posting on social media. We will also have a custom filter available on Snapchat during the Walk. Add the filter to your photos and videos to help promote the event and ALS awareness.
Opportunities to Learn About ALS Research at the Walk
There will be several tents dedicated to research at the ALS Walk for Life. Look for the pink balloons on Walk day and stop by this area to participate in a blood draw for research, learn about current scientific research projects or to speak with a representative from the National ALS Registry. To see where the research tents will be located on Walk day, view our Walk Site Map.
Blood for Research
Researchers are in need of blood samples to conduct ongoing research studies at the Les Turner ALS Center at Northwestern Medicine. Specifically, samples are needed from people without a personal or family history of neurological diseases, such as ALS, Parkinson disease or Alzheimer disease or other dementia. They are in particular need of samples from men because sporadic ALS affects more men than women.
The Neurologic Diseases Registry of Northwestern University's Neuromuscular Disorders Program needs samples from 2,000 people to serve as "control" samples in research studies which aim to identify genes and environmental factors that put a person at risk for developing ALS or a related disorder. DNA from these blood samples will be compared to those from patients with ALS and other neurologic disorders. The amount of blood drawn is slightly over 1 tablespoon and it should only take 10-15 minutes. People providing control blood samples will also be asked to complete a questionnaire providing information about exposure to potential environmental risk factors.
Blood samples and information collected are assigned family and individual number codes. This information is part of the Northwestern University eIRB study 12722 and will be stored in a confidential, limited access computerized data registry at the Neuromuscular Disorders Program of Northwestern University.
For more information, contact Nailah Siddique RN MSN, Clinical Nurse Specialist at 312 503 2712 or email@example.com.
Research Poster Presentations
Our scientific researchers from the Les Turner ALS Center at Northwestern Medicine will be onsite the day of the ALS Walk for Life. Researchers will have poster presentations showcasing their latest projects and will be available to talk one on one about the work they are doing. Make sure to stop by this area to learn firsthand how the money you raise at the Walk directly supports their ALS research.
National ALS Registry
A representative from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Foundation’s National ALS Registry Associate will be at the ALS Walk for Life to discuss the National ALS Registry and Biorepository with event participants. Stop by to learn about the benefits of this national program and how you can get involved.