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5550 W. Touhy Avenue,
Skokie, IL 60077-3254
The Les Turner Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Foundation is a voluntary health organization dedicated to raising funds for ALS research, patient services, and public awareness. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a progressive neurological disease that causes impaired breathing, speaking, and swallowing, as well as muscle weakness and eventually total paralysis. Intellectual function remains unaffected and there is no known cure. The Les Turner ALS Foundation was established in 1977 and provides educational materials for affected individuals and family members, healthcare professionals, and the general public. Program services include referrals and counseling, audio-visual aids, and a periodic newsletter, "ALS Today." Consisting of over 1,000 members, the organization offers support groups and patient networking to affected individuals, family members, and caregivers.
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