On Saturday, September 29th, Extended Home Living Services (EHLS), attended the annual ALS Walk for Life in Chicago, IL. EHLS proudly sponsored Paul Launer’s Iron Horse Brigade! They were a walk team from Barrington, which is very close to EHLS’ office and showroom in Arlington Heights, IL. We have a long tenure supporting ALS and were proud to support the Paul Launer Iron Horse Brigade again this year. In addition to supporting that team, EHLS had a table at the Vendor Village on Saturday. We enjoyed meeting and talking with all of those who visited our booth on Saturday.

Click Here to learn more about the story of Paul Launer’s Iron Horse Brigade.

EHLS is a trusted resource for accessibility and mobility solutions for the Les Turner ALS Foundation. Some of the solutions we offer are stair lifts, wheelchair lifts, wheelchair ramps, and bathroom modifications.

About the ALS Walk for Life – Chicago

The Walk for Life, which is the largest ALS gathering of the year, has a direct impact on those people living with ALS and their families. The attendees and their families work to defeat ALS through education, support groups, as well as access to care and advocacy. Teams work together to fundraise money in honor of a loved one who is living from ALS and gather on this day, which is full of celebration, hope, and courage. Those who attend the event to walk will get to take in the gorgeous views of Chicago’s lakefront and will eventually end up crossing the finish line in Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears.

This fundraising event has a direct impact on people living with ALS and their families at the local level. Through education, support groups, access to care and advocacy, the Les Turner ALS Foundation is working to defeat ALS and provide hope to people living with ALS and their families.

Pictures from the 2018 ALS Walk for Life – Chicago

What is ALS?

ALS, which is short for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease that has an effect on the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Depending on the muscles and nerves affected, the disease can slowly affect the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe. The life expectancy of a person with ALS averages 2 to 5 years from the time of diagnosis. Very many people refer to ALS as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Lou Gehrig was a famous Yankees baseball player that was forced to retire from the game of baseball after he developed the disease in 1939. is often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

ALS has no ethnic boundaries and has affected people throughout the world. It can strike anyone at any time and there is currently not an accurate known cause of the disease. Please click the following link to join the fight against ALS: http://lesturnerals.org/