CURE 90/90: Breakthrough ALS
Join us on May 22, 2017 in Daley Plaza
Every 90 Minutes Someone is Diagnosed with ALS, and Every 90 Minutes a Life is Taken By This Fatal Disease.
Read a recap of 2016's "Cure 90/90: Break Through ALS" here:
CURE 90/90 2016 was held Monday, May 23rd and Tuesday, May 24th at Daley Plaza. It is a two day experiential installation generating awareness for ALS (otherwise known as Lou Gerhig’s Disease). In years past, we promoted the sunflower as the national symbol of ALS through a sunflower-themed art exhibit, and smashing cars with baseball bats (!) to "Beat ALS". 2016 saw the debut of a new theme: BREAKTHROUGH ALS.
BREAKTHROUGH ALS was inspired by "Team Paul Mitchell" Karate Expert Kevin Thompson, and his battle with ALS.
Watch his incredible story here:
Dan Kersten and Teagan Quella karate black belt phenoms joined us in the plaza to bring awareness to BREAKTHROUGH ALS and helped Chicagoans break boards with their bare hands during the lunch hour. For Dan, the ALS connection is a personal one: he lost his father to ALS. They made the drive from Wisconsin that morning to join us, and he couldn't have been more delighted and honored to have them join us for this remarkable event!
Watch Dan talk about what BREAKTHROUGH ALS mean to him:
There is no cure for ALS and the certainty of death within months or years looms over patients and their family members. It's not easy to talk about this unforgiving disease, but it's awareness events like our own CURE 90/90 that raise awareness about the amount of research that has been and needs to be done towards treating the disease - each finding marking a step toward a CURE.
If you weren't able to join us in 2016, save the date for May 22, 2017, and we'll see you at Daley Plaza!
For more information on how you can be involved, please call 312.932.0000 or email Maryilene Blondell at Maryilene@alsachicago.org
CURE 90/90 Merchandise is still available!
Purchase sweatshirts, t-shirts, static clings, and lapel pins here. (Sizes Adult S - 3XL)