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posted: 7/5/2014 5:01 AM

Thanks for donations in ALS battle

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Most people live their lives in harmony, but for the thousands of people in the United States who are living with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, the body breaks down one part at a time. The breakdown often begins with the extremities. Next, a person with ALS may lose his voice, and as time goes on breathing becomes compromised. Perhaps worst of all, in most cases, the brain is not affected. And because there is no cure, ALS is fatal.

At the Les Turner ALS Foundation, we are dedicated to treating and eliminating ALS through research, patient services, education and advocacy. During National ALS Awareness Month, the foundation put the spotlight on ALS through CTA advertisements, radio spots, a blue city skyline, and hundreds of volunteers collecting donations as part of our annual Tag Days drives. The Tag Days drives in communities such as Hoffman Estates and Mount Prospect were a success.

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We thank the Tag Days captains and appreciate the people who supported the cause. We collected $60,000 and will be able to continue providing help and hope to people with Lou Gehrig's disease.

Wendy Abrams

Executive director

Les Turner ALS Foundation

Skokie

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