Our sole mission is to fund ALS research to find a cure.
Welcome to ALS Finding a Cure®
The sole purpose of the ALS Finding a Cure® Initiative is funding research to find a cure.
Our goal is to bring together some of the top minds in ALS to develop novel biomarkers and diagnostics, provide resources to help advance new therapies to the clinic, accelerate innovation in clinical trial design, and expand access to shared research resources.
Our team of researchers is led by our Chief Medical Officer Dr. Merit Cudkowicz, Chief of Neurology and Director of the Sean M. Healey & AMG Center for ALS at Massachusetts General Hospital, and the foundation is overseen by Peter N. Foss and Denis Rizzuto. ALS Finding a Cure® is a program of the Leandro P. Rizzuto Foundation. We are proud to report that 100% of donations go directly to funding research. You can see a list of our most recent accomplishments here and a White Paper summarizing our 5-year impact here
ALS Finding a Cure® is inspired by and is a tribute to Christie Rizzuto, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2009 at the age of 41. It is Christie, and the many others like her, who drive our work.
Lou Gehrig's Farewell Address
On July 24, 1939, Lou Gehrig delivered the most famous, and heart-wrenching speech in the history of sports to 62,000 fans at Yankee Stadium. This amazingly talented yet humble man could no longer play the game he loved, as his symptoms of ALS worsened. Here are his immortal words that moved and saddened an entire nation.
"Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break* I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of this earth. I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans.
"Look at these grand men. Which of you wouldn't consider it the highlight of his career just to associate with them for even one day? Sure, I'm lucky. Who wouldn't consider it an honor to have known Jacob Ruppert? Also, the builder of baseball's greatest empire, Ed Barrow? To have spent six years with that wonderful little fellow, Miller Huggins? Then to have spent the next nine years with that outstanding leader, that smart student of psychology, the best manager in baseball today, Joe McCarthy? Sure, I'm lucky.
"When the New York Giants, a team you would give your right arm to beat, and vice versa, sends you a gift - that's something. When everybody down to the groundskeepers and those boys in white coats remember you with trophies - that's something. When you have a wonderful mother-in-law who takes sides with you in squabbles with her own daughter - that's something. When you have a father and a mother who work all their lives so you can have an education and build your body - it's a blessing. When you have a wife who has been a tower of strength and shown more courage than you dreamed existed - that's the finest I know.
"So I close in saying that I might have been given a bad break*, but I've got an awful lot to live for."
- Lou Gehrig
Lou Gehrig™ and Lou Gehrig's Farewell Speech provided by The Lou Gehrig Society
* We owe it to the "Gehrig's" of the world to find a cure for this bad break.