Clubs for the Quest Raises More Than $1 Million for Augie's Quest

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More than $1 Million Raised for Augie's Quest

With the support of loyal customers and dedicated fitness professionals, Clubs for the Quest, which supports Augie’s Quest, raised more than $1 million for the first time since the program started five years ago.

Since the campaign started, more than $3.3 million has been raised to support research seeking better treatments and cures for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease).

“I am so grateful to my friends in the fitness industry for embracing this program and involving their members in this important cause,” said Augie Nieto, Augie’s Quest founder and co-chair of MDA’s ALS Division. “Pat Laus’ tireless efforts and vision for this program have helped us evolve and significantly grow our fundraising over the past four years. Raising more than $1 million in 2012 is a huge accomplishment that will allow us to continue funding ALS research that will lead to effective treatments.”

Here is a list of the 2012 program participants: Zumba Fitness, Bally Total Fitness, The Atlantic Club, Ab Coaster, Life Fitness, Athletic Business, Crunch Fitness, LA Fitness, Millennium Partners Sports Club Management, Life Time Fitness, XSport Fitness and Spectrum Fitness.

A special “thank you” goes to Curves founders Diane and Gary Heavin for their generosity in making this achievement possible.

“I see it as a privilege to rally behind someone who is selflessly committed to making a difference … Augie inspires us all,” said Diane Heavin, Curves co-founder.

Clubs for the Quest’s million-dollar achievement will be recognized — along with our fitness industry friends — at the BASH for Augie’s Quest at the IHRSA Convention on March 21, 2013, in Las Vegas.

For more information on Clubs for the Quest and the BASH for Augie’s Quest, please call (858) 277-8206.

About Augie’s Quest
Augie’s Quest, MDA’s ALS research initiative, is an aggressive, cure-driven effort singularly focused on finding treatments and cures for ALS. The devastating disease affects more than 30,000 Americans.
Fitness pioneer Augie Nieto started Augie's Quest in conjunction with MDA's ALS Division. Nieto is co-founder and former president of Life Fitness of Chicago, and chairman of Octane Fitness. He and his wife, Lynne, serve as co-chairs of MDA's ALS Division. Nieto received a diagnosis of ALS in March 2005.

About ALS
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) attacks the nerve cells that control muscles, ultimately resulting in paralysis of all voluntary muscles, including those used for breathing. Average life expectancy for people with the disease is three to five years after diagnosis.

About MDA
MDA ( is the world leader in funding ALS research and providing ALS services. Over the years, MDA has led the fight against ALS, investing more than $307 million in its ALS research, services and information programs. In addition, MDA operates 200 clinics across the county, 42 of which are designated as ALS-specific research and care centers.

MDA established the MDA/ALS Clinical Research Network to streamline and support tests of experimental treatments, with locations at Methodist Hospital (Houston), Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston), Columbia University (New York City), Emory University (Atlanta) and California Pacific Medical Center (San Francisco).

The Association’s unparalleled research, health care services, advocacy and education programs provide help and hope to more than 1 million Americans affected by ALS and the more than 40 other progressive neuromuscular diseases in MDA’s program. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook at and Twitter @MDAnews.

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