Augie’s Quest to Cure ALS: Our Mission and Vision

 

If curing a debilitating and deadly disease were as simple as driving on a highway, would you take the fast lane? Of course, you would! That’s exactly what we’re doing — we are determined to aggressively pursue our mission to find a cure for ALS by funding the most promising research and science. Because we believe ALS is curable; it’s just underfunded.

Augie’s Quest was founded by Augie Nieto, the successful fitness industry mogul behind Lifecycle and Life Fitness. In 2005 and in the prime of his life at age 47, he was diagnosed with ALS.

We are proud to partner with the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI) to fund critical science and drug development at the Augie’s Quest Translational Research Center and are excited for new and emerging scientific developments.

ALS is a disease we can tackle; a problem we can solve. But still, ALS research funding lags significantly behind other neurological diseases. However, we see hope and a cure just around the corner. That’s because every dollar we raise drives innovative science and research forward, at an accelerated pace. And with every new discovery, we’re making real progress in managing ALS — including one of the most promising drug treatments yet in AT-1501.

Due to our initial funding, the first AT-1501 subject was enrolled by Eledon Pharmaceuticals in their Phase 2a clinical evaluation trial in November 2020. The AT-1501 research initiative marks the very first time a non-profit organization has ever reached this stage of drug development, in any disease indication. Augie’s Quest to Cure ALS is proud to have provided the significant funding for this project.

As CEO of Eledon Pharmaceuticals, David-Alexandre Gros tweeted, “There would be no AT-1501 without Augie and Lynne Nieto and Augie’s Quest”. Under Augie’s personal oversight and continued leadership, more than $150 million has been raised for ALS research.

With help from supporters like you, we can continue funding the most robust pipeline of potential ALS treatments in the world. And more than any other time, we now have the best shot at success. We are working day in and out to provide funding for the next promising ALS treatments, and as quickly as possible. There is hope for those living with ALS. We just need more support to stay the path and help create a world where we can say Augie’s Cure instead of Lou Gehrig’s disease.

With your help, we see a world with new hope for countless people living with ALS, their families, caregivers and friends. With every gift, you help fast-track effective treatments and an ultimate cure for this devastating disease. Because ALS is curable; it’s just underfunded. Support our Quest to find a cure by making a donation today.