Alan Turner's Personal Page
As many of you know I lost my father to ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) when I was 11 years old. In our family room, while he was still suffering from the disease, my dad along with family and friends got together to form the Les Turner ALS Foundation.
I remember a lot from those old days, but I'd like to share one particular memory that reminds me that my dad had the best friends in the world. I remember that every evening some of his buddies would come over and they would carry him up the stairs and place him in bed - grown men carrying another grown man up to bed, it was such a sad and beautiful sight that I'll never forget. Because of the way these people loved my father the Foundation exists today.
Since the Foundation was formed it has grown into one of the largest independent ALS organizations in the world. The word "independent" is important, it means that we are primarily funded through private donations and every dollar we raise is critical.
Much of the money we raise is used to fund research at The Les Turner ALS Center at Northwestern Medicine. The Center is led by the most well-respected and successful clinicians and researchers in the field.
In addition to research, we use our dollars to help make the lives of ALS patients, and their family members, better every day by funding the Lois Insolia ALS Clinic at the Les Turner ALS Center. We also fund and manage in-home nursing care, equipment and emotional support services for any ALS family that needs them.
In September we will hold the Les Turner ALS Walk 4 Life at Soldier Field in Chicago. This event is our primary fundraiser and we need all that we can get. Please consider making a donation, through this page, to the event. Every dollar that you donate will help someone affected by this horrible disease
With so much gratitude,
Board Member, Les Turner ALS Foundation
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