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What is ALS?


Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is a nervous system disease that causes motor neurons to degenerate, resulting in a loss of muscle control. Those diagnosed with ALS progressively lose their ability to walk, speak, move their limbs, swallow, and breathe. There is no cure.


To learn more about ALS, including:

  • current ALS research,

  • available resources and support, and

  • more ways to get involved,

check out the ALS United Greater Chicago website.

Our Mission

Golf to Defeat ALS exists to bring awareness to the central Illinois community about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a progressive, devastating, and always-fatal neurodegenerative disease.


At our annual golf outing, we honor family and friends who we’ve lost to ALS or are currently battling ALS while also raising awareness and much-needed funding to make ALS a livable and curable disease.


Proceeds go to ALS United Greater Chicago, formerly known as the ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter, who serves central Illinois. ALS United provides vital care services and equipment free of charge to families impacted by ALS as well as providing funding for ongoing research to find a cure for ALS.

Golf to Defeat ALS and ALS United are 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizations.

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