Everyday approximately 30 people are diagnosed with ALS (also known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s disease) in the USA. It’s a condition that kills the body’s motor neurons, leading to our muscles experiencing stiffness, twitching and ultimately, complete atrophy. The sad eventuality for most is death.

There are 450,000 people known to be living with ALS globally and they continue to inspire many with their strength and determination to fight the disease and continue to lead remarkable lives.

As we stand in solidarity with those living with ALS during National ALS Month, we look at a few of their inspirational stories.

 

Sources:

  1. How Has Stephen Hawking Lived to 70 With ALS
  2. Madison Firefighter Stricken with ALS enjoys being a mom
  3. Using Just His Eyes Film Maker Captures His Inspiring Fight With ALS
  4. Exclusive: Guitarist Jason Becker, Who Suffers From ALS, Calls Ice-Bucket Trend 'Amazing'
  5. Microsoft partners with Team Gleason to bring technology to the battle with ALS
  6. Young ALS warriors refuse to accept grim diagnosis
  7. Battling ALS: 'I Didn't Think it Was a Black Person's Disease'
  8. Forbes 
  9. Joost van der Westhuizen doc Glory Game coming to Vancouver South African Film Festival
  10. Brigance Foundation
  11. Billboard.com
  12. The Salt Lake Tribune