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The Jill and Dennis Smith ALS Education and Awareness Fund

Even as he battled ALS, Dennis Smith of Bourbonnais, Illinois, was described by family members as “a man of keen intellect, gentle humor and extraordinary character.” As the disease progressed and Dennis lost his ability to speak, he was introduced to the Les Turner ALS Foundation which provided him an augmentative communication device, enabling him to continue communicating with family and friends. In 2007, at the age of 56, Dennis lost his life to ALS.

Shortly before Dennis’ death, his wife Jill, and extended family members created The Dennis J. Smith Legacy Foundation, raising money for the Foundation through their annual golf outing, “The Denny” to show their gratitude for the care and services they received during Dennis’ life.

After Jill passed away in 2014, the Foundation became a grateful beneficiary of the Jill and Dennis Smith ALS Education and Awareness Fund. Thanks to Jill and Dennis’ desire to create a legacy, their generosity will support the Foundation’s Education and Awareness Programs, including professional development in the field of ALS, patient and family education and public awareness, for years to come.

Pictured: Jill and Dennis Smith with their dog, Mimi.

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Home & Community Services

Home & Community Services Team

The Foundation’s Home and Community Services — which include telephone and in-person support, educational resources and patient and family advocates —  are available at no cost to ALS patients, their families  in the Chicagoland area and portions of northwest Indiana.

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Lois Insolia ALS Clinic

Lois Insolia ALS Clinic

At the multidisciplinary ALS clinic, trained specialists use a team approach to provide comprehensive treatment. They are dedicated to the total care and support of people with ALS, their families and caregivers. During a visit, patients meet with several members of the team, and each provides input regarding assessment, care planning, education and other health care needs.

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National ALS Registry

National ALS Registry

The Les Turner ALS Foundation is a partner with the National ALS Registry, a program to collect, manage and analyze data about people with ALS and to provide clinical trial information to people living with ALS. It is important to include as many people with the disease as possible to get the most accurate information. Be part of changing the future of ALS.

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Your contribution helps support nearly 90% of the Chicagoland ALS population.