2017 ALS Walk for Life

Let's Butz ALS for good in 2017!
Let's Butz ALS for good in 2017!

Let's Butz ALS

Dear Team “Let’s Butz ALS” Supporters,

The Les Turner ALS Foundation’s 2017 Walk for Life registration process is up-and-running and so is team Let’s Butz ALS. Over the past two years, our team has raised over $90,000 for research and programs funded by the Les Turner ALS Foundation. Our team was the #1 fundraising team last year but, moreover, our family was blown away by the 125 of you who walked with us in person or virtually.

This year, the Walk for Life will feel very different as we lost our husband/dad/grandfather and inspiration, Jim Ginsburgh, to ALS on October 1st, 2016. While it will be sad not to have him with us on walk day, he will be there in spirit. The Les Turner ALS Foundation provided our family so much support during Jim’s 2+ year battle with ALS. We had regular visits from our home care team and our social workers, and we were in constant communication with our medical team from the Lois Insolia ALS Clinic.

We hope you will be able to participate with us in the ALS Walk for Life on Saturday, September 16th at Soldier Field. The walk starts at 11:00am but festivities start at 9:30am and there will be refreshments on site as well as other fun things to do. In addition to honoring Jim’s memory, our team this year is also walking to support Lauren Wismer, a friend who we all got to know as she also courageously battles ALS. Lauren and her supporters were a huge driver of our team’s success last year, and we are excited to welcome Lauren’s friends and family to our growing team!

We have two requests for you. The first is that you come walk with us, in Chicago or virtually wherever you are. Walking costs nothing and seeing family and friends on race day is always a highlight for our family. Our second request is that you consider supporting ALS research by donating to the Les Turner Foundation through our team’s page. Our team is named “Let’s Butz ALS,” which comes from a Yiddish term meaning “to hit something and knock it out” – something that we will continue to focus on with your continued support. If your employer has a matching gift program, please consider submitting a match as the Les Turner ALS Foundation should be an eligible charity.

We’re participating in the ALS Walk for Life in memory of Jim Ginsburgh and because we believe in the work of the Les Turner ALS Foundation, we believe in providing the best possible care to Chicagoland area ALS patients and their families and we believe that the money we raise together will lead to finding the cure for ALS.

With gratitude and love,

The Family of Jim Ginsburgh – Lisa, Adam, Alicia, Evelyn, Cameron, Justin, Ruth, Ellie and Maggie


More on the Walk for Life: The ALS Walk for Life is one of the world's largest gatherings of ALS patients, families and friends. Now in its 16th year, the Walk has raised over $12 million in support of Chicago's independent leader in ALS, the Les Turner ALS Foundation.  The money raised through the Walk helps people currently living with ALS (PALS) and their families through the Foundation’s Home and Community Service and grant programs. It also supports the Les Turner ALS Research and Patient Center at Northwestern Medicine where PALS are seen by a multi-disciplinary clinical staff at the Lois Insolia ALS Clinic, ensuring no part of their disease goes unseen and untreated. The Center also supports three full functioning research laboratories, each on providing hope of a future without ALS.

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