2020 Virtual ALS Walk for Life

Champions for a Cure

Friends & Family,

Please join my family on September 15, 2019, as our team, “Champions for a Cure,” participates in the “ALS Walk for Life.” As a member of the Les Turner ALS Foundation Board of Directors, I believe strongly in the Les Turner ALS Foundation mission. Festivities begin at 9:30a.m. at Soldier Field. If you are unable to walk, please consider making a donation to help us reach our fundraising goal. Together, we can make an impact in the fight against ALS! Please forward this page to your friends and family.

It's been 5 years since the ice bucket challenge. Since that time, there have been many exciting advances in the fight to find a cure to stop ALS. However, we are NOT there yet. More needs to be done to rid our world of this horrific disease. Now is the time for a cure!

My first experience with ALS came in 2000, when a colleague and friend was diagnosed with ALS at only 39 years old. At that time, I knew very little about ALS. However, during my friend’s experience with ALS, I was shocked to learn how this progressive, terminal disease attacks the body leaving its victims paralyzed while usually leaving the patient’s mind intact.

In 2005, our family was first introduced to the Les Turner ALS Foundation and the ALS Walk for Life by a close friend, who lost her husband to ALS. Since that time, our family has continued to “Walk for Life” and to support the Les Turner ALS Foundation. The Les Turner ALS Foundation believes in providing the best possible care to individuals and their families in the Chicagoland area living with ALS and believes that the funds raised will lead to a cure for ALS. The Foundation helps care for those affected by the disease, answer their questions and support them and their loved ones every step of their journey. Additionally, the Foundation funds one of the leading ALS clinics and labs in the country, the Les Turner ALS Center at Northwestern Medicine, where doctors and researchers are working daily to treat ALS patients and to find a cure for ALS.

I believe so strongly in this fight that I recently became a member of the Board of Directors of the Les Turner ALS Foundation. Again, on September 15, 2019, I encourage you to join our team, “Champions for a Cure,” and participate in the “ALS Walk for Life.” 


Jodi and her family, Jon, Jenna & Jared

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