Help "Strike Out" Lou Gehrig's Disease

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Would you like to enjoy authentic Mexican food, while supporting research and patients with ALS/Lou Gehrig’s disease. Come out on behalf of the ALS Les Turner Foundation’s Mexican tostada and enchilada supper on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011 at East Moline’s Leisure Time Billiards.

Jovita Sanchez, former chef at the Acapulco Restaurant in Rock Island, will sponsor this event as well as oversee the cooking and food preparation. Leisure Time Billiards, located at 845 Avenue of the Cities, East Moline,  will be the hosting location. The event will kick-off at 5 p.m. and last through 8 p.m. that evening.

“My late husband, Tomas, was one of those afflicted by this illness and passed in 2009. Anything I can do to help families struggling with Lou Gerhig’s disease and raise awareness, I will do," said Jovita Sanchez, former chef at the Acapulco Restaurant in Rock Island. She is sponsoring this event as well as overseeing the cooking and food preparation.

The ALS Les Turner foundation raises funds for research and to provide family services for people afflicted by Lou Gehrig’s disease. ALS is a fatal neuromuscular disease that attacks the motor neurons. This makes even the simplest movements of walking, speaking, and gesturing nearly impossible. ALS attacks its victims at random. At this time, the cause is not known and there is no cure. Where will the donations from this fund raiser go and how is the money spent?

The Foundation’s mission is to:

• Advance scientific research into the causes, treatments and prevention of ALS.

• Provide people living with ALS, their families and caregivers exceptional clinical care and support services.

• Approximately 80 percent of all donations go directly toward patient and family services, clinical care at the Lois Insolia ALS Center and two Les Turner ALS Research Laboratories at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

About the Les Turner Foundation

Established in 1977, the Les Turner ALS Foundation is one of the nation’s preeminent organizations dedicated to raising funds for the treatment and elimination of Lou Gehrig’s disease. The Foundation’s patient service programs are available to all ALS patients and caregivers regardless of where they receive their medical care, and include support group meetings, professional in-home consultation services, communications and durable medical equipment programs, a respite grant program and numerous educational activities.

The cost is $5 for the tostada dinner, and $7 for the enchilada dinner. Both dinners will be served with fresh beans and Spanish rice. Assorted beers, wines and other non-alcoholic beverages will be made available for purchase directly from Leisure Time Billiards. Please contact Sergio Mercado at (312) 479-7101 for further information related to this event.

The Les Turner ALS Foundation is a non-profit corporation under section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code and has a federal tax identification number of 36-2916466. The Foundation is registered with the State of Illinois, Office of the Attorney General, Charitable Trust and Solicitation.