Readers of the Lincoln Journal Star have gained photographic insights of their city and beyond for 13 years through the vision of photojournalist William Lauer.

Born in Iowa in 1961, he moved to Lincoln in 1974 and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1979.His life journey has involved cross-country motorcycle trips, world travels and stints behind the taps of some of Lincoln’s most venerable bars and eating establishments.

A graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications, William joined the Journal Star in 1997. The award-winning photographer has covered everything from social challenges at Whiteclay to Husker football; from national politics to local natural disasters. He is respected among his peers for his skill, work ethic and commitment to the highest standards of the profession.

Doctors diagnosed William in October 2009 with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, an incurable, fatal neurodegenerative disease most commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. ALS strikes 5,600 Americans each year, there is no known cause or cure. The ALS Association is the largest private generator of research funding for the disease. With help and guidance from friends, William has started the William G. Lauer Foundation for ALS and Charities to raise money and awareness for ALS research and to benefit the ALSA Keith-Worthington Chapter, which provides invaluable service to Nebraska’s ALS patients.

By making a tax-deductible donation to the William G. Lauer Foundation for ALS and Charities, you are helping ALS patients and funding research to find a cause and a cure for the disease.

Thank you.