'I Am Riding 3,300 Miles To Help These 3 Causes." ~ Jan
In the U.S., someone is diagnosed with ALS every 90 minutes and every 90 minutes someone with ALS dies.
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) is a rapidly progressive, terminal disease that causes muscle weakness, difficulty speaking and swallowing and generally,complete paralysis. There is no known cure for ALS and once diagnosed, patients typically live three to five years.
The Les Turner ALS Foundation, founded in 1977, is Chicago’s leader in research, patient care and education about ALS, serving nearly 90 percent of people with ALS (PALS) in the area, offering hope and help when it’s needed most. The Foundation’s full spectrum patient service programs include in-home consultations, support groups, equipment loans and educational programs. 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 multidisciplinary patient clinic under one umbrella.
Learn More: Les Turner ALS Foundation
In 2016, it is estimated that there will be 1,685,210 new cases of cancer of any site and an estimated 595,690 people will die of this disease.
The Cancer Center was first established at Northwestern University in 1974. In 1991 the center was dedicated as the Robert H. Lurie Cancer Center of Northwestern University through a gift of endowment from Ann and Robert H. Lurie. The center’s title was modified in 1997, when it was awarded the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) highly competitive “comprehensive” designation — reflecting the Lurie Cancer Center’s dedication to the highest standards of cancer research, patient care, education, and community outreach.
Today, the Lurie Cancer Center is one of only 45 NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation. It is affiliated with four teaching hospitals in Chicago, treating more than 10,000 new cancer cases each year.
Learn More: Robert H. Lurie Cancer Center of Northwestern University
In 2014, an estimated 1.6 million patients received services from hospice. This estimate includes patients who died while receiving hospice care, patients who received care in 2013 and who continued to receive care into 2014 (known as “carryovers”) • patients who left hospice care alive in 2014 for various reasons.
Considered the model for quality compassionate care for people facing a life-limiting illness, hospice provides expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored to the patient’s needs and wishes. Support is provided to the patient’s loved ones as well. Hospice focuses on caring, not curing. In most cases, care is provided in the patient’s home but may also be provided in freestanding hospice centers, hospitals, nursing homes, and other long-term care facilities. Hospice services are available to patients with any terminal illness or of any age, religion, or race.
Learn More: National Hospice Foundation
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