The Alaska Club has made a commitment to raise $20,000 for ALS through our partnership with Augie’s Quest for continued research to find a cure!
Every 90 minutes someone is diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a progressive neurodegenerative disease that causes muscle weakness, paralysis, and ultimately, respiratory failure. ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, attacks certain cells in the brain and spinal cord needed to keep our muscles moving. Currently, there is only a single medicine for specifically treating ALS called Riluzole. The drug only extends survival by about 2 to 3 months. This urgent unmet medical need for effective treatments to combat this devastating disease is the basis for the research and drug development effort at the nonprofit biotech organization, ALS Therapy Development Institute.
The Alaska Club, along with Augie’s Quest, is committed to raising funds to find a cure and we encourage you to be part of this important cause.
Augie Nieto is the co-founder of Life Fitness, the global leader in the fitness industry. He was one of the original pioneers in the fitness industry and was president of Life Fitness for nearly 25 years. Currently, Augie is Chairman of the Board of the ALS Therapy Development Institute in Cambridge, MA, the world’s largest ALS dedicated drug development organization. He is the Chief Inspirational Officer for Augie's Quest, an aggressive, cure-driven, international fundraising effort, having raised over $44 million to date to fund research at the ALS Therapy Development Institute. Augie lives with ALS.
The Alaska Club team with Augie and Lynn Nieto at Augie's Bash 2016 in Orlando. The event raised $1.4 million for research.