ALS Truly is ‘Anyone’s Life Story’

by ALSN Staff on Fri, 2009-05-01 10:13
Alex Grausnick
Alex Grausnick
Bob Stimson
Bob Stimson
Claudia Burrows
Claudia Burrow
Mark Rosen
Mark Rosen
Phyllis Swenson
Phyllis Swenson

A former lawyer who wrote his life story with his eyes. A retired Air Force general setting a new example of courage for his grandkids. A mom with two young children who still finds innovative ways to stay involved in their extracurricular activities.

Each day during the month of May, MDA is featuring the life story of one person living with ALS, in a special online series called “ALS: Anyone’s Life Story.” Now in its third year, the series provides a way to inspire others with ALS, and to encourage local media to highlight people with ALS in their communities, to bring more attention to this little-known disease.

The 31 individuals highlighted in MDA’s series live across the U.S., are of all ages and backgrounds, and are at various stages of progression with the disease. They are, in order of appearance:

Brig. General Thomas Mikolajcik, Charleston, S.C.;
Loren Dils, Albuquerque, N.M.;
Robert Paulson, New York City;
Phil Kelleher, Cherry Valley, Calif.;
Laura Woodall, Davidson, N.C.;
Alex Grausnick, Shoreview, Minn.;
Scott Lew, Van Nuys, Calif.;
Patrick Guide, Channelview, Texas;
Susan Fox, Kansas City, Mo.;
Bob Murray, Bethel, Conn.;
Charlie Lipari, Wilmington, N.C.;
Bob Donato, Los Angeles;
Teresa Kiser, Pana, Ill.;
David Deitch, Las Vegas;
Oscar Sanchez, Denver, Colo.;
Mary Forehand, Hemphill, Texas;
Tony Soper, Brunswick, Maine;
Claudia Burrows, Muncie, Ind.;
Glenn Bolkema, Jasper, Minn.;
Jeremy Megroz, Laguna Beach, Calif.;
Layne Kidney, Hubertus, Wis.;
Sheila Bayer, Brookings, S.D.;
Larry Hill, Hazelwood, Mo.;
David Fick, Tacoma, Wash.;
Mark Rosen, Sudbury, Mass.;
Tonya Edwards, Lowgap, N.C.;
Doug Posorske, Oshkosh, Wis.;
Bob Stimson, Bloomington, Minn.;
Cynthia Murphy, Lancaster, Calif.;
Muiris Foley, Tucson, Ariz.;
and Phyllis Swenson, Sarasota, Fla.

To read the ‘Anyone’s Life Story’ series, visit the MDA ALS Division Web site.

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