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The Lyle Rakers Charitable Foundation

was created in 2018 in order to raise funds towards the research of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Motor Neurone Disease (MND) or Lou Gehrig's disease. ALS is a disease that causes the death of neurons controlling voluntary muscles, which causes muscle weakness and lack of muscle functionality. Although medication and therapy can slow the progression, there is no known cure. When Lyle Rakers was diagnosed, a group of his friends, including his best friend Jim Rable, created the foundation to help find a cure for this devastating disease. All funds are donated to the Miller Lab at Washington University, which is dedicated to understanding neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS and dementias in order to develop new, effective, and safe treatments…and ultimately, a cure.

"I am still the same person and have the same attitude on life and still work as hard day to day."

"I asked the doctors what I need to change and their response was nothing. Live your life. Well everyone, that’s the plan."

"My sisters have always told me that I am the luckiest guy they know. I think they are right."

Join the fight for a cure! The Lyle Rakers Charitable Foundation has raised nearly $700,000 with our annual golf tournament!

In 2020, we raised

In 2021, we raised

In 2022, we raised

In 2023, we raised

In 2024, our goal is

How much can we raise in 2024?
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All donations benefit the Miller Lab at Washington University


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