Action for ALS

Stay tuned for more information regarding our 2018 Augie’s Quest ALS efforts!

Donations are still accepted online.

Augie Nieto, founder of Augie’s Quest

“You can either celebrate what you can do, or mourn what you can’t. Every day I wake up and create a new normal. I don’t dwell on what has changed, but instead, I focus on keeping busy achieving my goals.” – Augie Neito

There are two type of ALS: sporadic and familial. Sporadic is the most common and accounts for about 90% to 95% of all cases. This means it can affect anyone, anywhere, at any time. Familial ALS makes up the remaining 5% to 10% and is inherited. The offspring of those affected with ALS have about a 50% chance of inheriting the gene mutation and developing this crippling disease. According to a U.S. population study, a little over 6,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with ALS each year (that’s 15 new cases a day).1 A bit scary, right?

City Sports recognizes the importance of finding a cure for this devastating disease and partnered up with Augie’s Quest, an organization founded by Augie Nieto, the CEO of Life Fitness. Augie was diagnosed with ALS in 2005 and has since worked relentlessly in finding a cure. Augie’s Quest funds the ALS Therapy Development Institute, which has made huge advancements towards finding a cure. Most recently, they have found an antibody therapeutic which “blocks specific immune cell activation and protects nerves against the progression of ALS and Alzheimer’s Disease.”2 While this is a major breakthrough for scientists and those living with ALS, there is still no cure.

For over 4 years, City Sports has joined Augie’s Quest to help find a cure for ALS. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS is a neurodegenerative disease that can impact anyone. The onset of ALS starts with muscle weakness or stiffness and can develop into a severe condition that impacts the ability to speak, move, eat or breathe.

Frequently Asked Questions

“The purpose of Augie’s Quest has always been to fund research and drug development aimed at ending ALS, (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Since 2007, Augie’s Quest has raised over $45 million in support of finding effective ALS treatments. This makes Augie’s Quest the largest individual fundraising program for ALS! 100% of donations to Augie’s Quest go directly to fund ALS drug development.” – Augie’s Quest 

“ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. A-myo-trophic comes from the Greek language. “A” means no. “Myo” refers to muscle, and “Trophic” means nourishment – “No muscle nourishment.” When a muscle has no nourishment, it “atrophies” or wastes away. “Lateral” identifies the areas in a person’s spinal cord where portions of the nerve cells that signal and control the muscles are located. As this area degenerates it leads to scarring or hardening (“sclerosis”) in the region.” – ALS Association

“A pioneer in the fitness industry, Augie co-founded Lifecycles, Inc. in 1980. Over the course of 20 years, he grew the company, now called Life Fitness, Inc., to be the largest commercial manufacturer of fitness equipment in the world. Yet in March of 2005, Augie’s life took an unexpected turn; he was diagnosed with ALS. Drawing strength from his family, friends, and a flood of supportive emails, Augie maintains a positive attitude and continues to lead an active life. As Chairman of the Board of Directors at ALS Therapy Development Institute, Augie is instrumental in the management of the Institute and acts as a spokesperson for the company.” – Augie’s Quest

All donations will be collected online. Click here to make a donation. We are encouraging donations of $20 or more per person and every donor who gives $100 or more will receive a complimentary ACTION FOR ALS event shirt!*

To learn more about Augie’s Quest, please visit www.augiesquest.org.

*Donations collected online only. Guests using club facilities must prove they are at least 18 years of age or older or are at least 14 years of age and accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Guests must sign a waiver of liability prior to admission and adhere to all club rules and regulations. Guests may be presented with membership options. Zumba® is a registered trademark of Zumba Fitness LLC. ©2017 Fitness International, LLC. All rights reserved.

An email will be sent to the donor’s email address for individuals who donate $100 or more and qualify for the complimentary event shirt. Please respond to this email with contact information for shirt distribution. There is no guarantee for a specific event shirt size. One shirt per person who donates $100 or more via the official City Sports/Augie’s Quest donation link. Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery. While supplies last.

ALS stats from, Facts You Should Know, ALS Association, Data Retrieved 1/15/2016.

Sources:

  1. “Facts You Should Know.” ALSA.org. The ALS Association, n.d. Web. 21 Mar. 2017. <http:www.alsa.org/about-als/facts-you-should-know.html>
  2. “AT-1501.” ALS Therapy Development Institute. The ALS Association, n.d. Web. 21 Mar. 2017. <http://www.als.net/at-1501/>