Greetings fellow human-beings,
My name is Dan Shultes, I am 42 years old. I am one of 30,000 Americans, that have ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). It is also known as a motor neurone disease (MND) or Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Many of you may have first heard about ALS, from the viral Ice Bucket Challenge during 2014. The idea behind the challenge was for everyone to experience the cold muscle stiffness that sufferers live with on a daily basis. Supporters ended up raising over $115 million for ALS research. However, to this day, many people still aren’t aware about the devastating symptoms and life expectancy of this terrible disease.
Stephen Hawkings was diagnosed with ALS when he was just 21. At that time he was given only two years to live. Like many ALS sufferers Stephen was unable to carryout daily activities: such as getting up out of bed, getting dressed, brushing his teeth, feeding himself, or signing his name. He required constant assistance from those around him. Stephen beat all the odds and lived an additional 55 years. However, the prognosis for most people diagnosed with ALS is a short life-span of 2-4 years.
My goal (with the help of my family and friends), is to create awareness about ALS. The AddressALS website outlines actions that we can all take to help address the issues faced by ALS sufferers.
With your help, we can make a difference.
I thank you with all my heart,
(Husband, Father, Son, Brother, Geothermal Expert & ALS sufferer).