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Letter: Making a difference

Published: Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 5:29 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, can trap a person inside a body that no longer works. Daily activities can be challenging and may be impossible. Socializing becomes harder and people often feel isolated.

But at the 12th annual Les Turner ALS Walk For Life, the ALS community joined together in support of one another. Held at Soldier Field, the event attracted more than 6,500 people, and participants have raised more than $825,000 for research, patient care and educational programs.

Teams honored people living with ALS and paid tribute to those who have lost their battle. Participants gave 110 percent. For example, Paul Launer’s Iron Horse Brigade raised $78,000 to become the top fundraising team, and the Walk For Life family chairs, The Bob Simonds Team, inspired others by raising $57,000.

On behalf of the Les Turner ALS Foundation, I want to thank the participants, volunteers, donors and sponsors for their support. We were thrilled to welcome back Kathy Hart of 101.9-FM The Mix and Phil Schwarz of ABC-7 as our hosts, and were touched by their personal stories of how ALS has affected their families.

Established in 1977, the Les Turner ALS Foundation is one of the nation’s preeminent organizations dedicated to the treatment and elimination of ALS. The foundation is affiliated with Northwestern Medicine, where it funds two research laboratories and a multi-disciplinary clinical program. The foundation also offers patient services and educational activities.  

To those who donated and to the thousands who joined us at the ALS Walk For Life, thank you. Your support helps keep hope alive. 

Wendy Abrams

Executive director of the Les Turner ALS Foundation

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