Join the Les Turner ALS Foundation for the ALS Walk for Life on Saturday, September 16, 2017, at Soldier Field. The 2-mile course winds along Chicago’s lakefront and through iconic Solider Field. Participants walk for hope, walk for help and walk for life while supporting those affected by ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Emceed by meteorologist Phil Schwarz of ABC7, the event will include music, entertainment, food and children’s activities. The ALS Walk for Life will occur rain or shine.
Most participants walk as teams, honoring those living with ALS or in memory of someone who has passed away from the disease. Teams have clever names such as “What About Bob?” and “Matt’s Minions.”
With approximately 7,000 participants, the ALS Walk for Life is one of the world’s largest gatherings of the ALS community. In its 16-year history, the ALS Walk for Life has raised more than $12 million. Registration is free, and participants are encouraged to fundraise for the Les Turner ALS Foundation. Parking is available in the Solider Field garages.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a rapidly progressive, terminal disease that causes muscle weakness, difficulty speaking and swallowing and, generally, complete paralysis. Every 90 minutes someone in the United States is diagnosed with ALS and every 90 minutes someone with ALS dies. While some symptoms are treatable, there is currently no prevention or cure for ALS.
Les Turner ALS Foundation
The Les Turner ALS Foundation, founded in 1977, serves the vast majority of people with ALS in the area, offering help and hope when it’s needed most. One of the nation’s largest, independent ALS organizations, the Foundation allocates all funds to local research, clinical care and support services for people with ALS in the Chicagoland area. The Foundation’s full spectrum patient service programs include: in-home consultations, support groups, equipment loans, grants and educational activities. The Foundation offers hope for a future without ALS by supporting the Les Turner ALS Research and Patient Center at Northwestern Medicine, bringing together three research laboratories and a multi-disciplinary patient clinic under one umbrella.