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My Father Diedof a disease called ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. I am only 11, I want to create a collab of people saying Rest in Peace Russ Billings, Thank you so much, he would really appreciate it. send yourvid: billings.buck@gmail.com

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My Name is Buck Billings. I live in Memphis, TN. I am 11 years old. A little while after Christmas, My dad passed away. We were very saddened. Around 2004, My dad was diagnosed with a disease known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, or ALS Disease for short. ALS stands for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Don't even ask me what that means! ( I'm not sure.)
If you would, please help me out in this collab by sending me a video of you saying: Rest in Peace Russ Billings, I would appreciate it if you did,


P.S. Here is a 5 Paragraph Essay I wrote on it, for school.

Though ALS Disease is not that common, many people that live among us today are affected by it. The disease was named after the great Lou Gehrig. Once a patient is diagnosed with ALS, the disease is unstoppable without a cure and continues to grow and grow. Scientists are working hours everyday to find a cure. People are always trying to raise money for the ALS association.
Lou Gehrig was a famous baseball player for the New York Yankees. The disease is named after Lou because he was the first person to have a known case of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. "On July 13, 1939, Lou went to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, to be examined by specialists. On June 19, his thirty-sixth birthday, they told Lou's wife, Eleanor, what was wrong. He was suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a deadly disease that affects the central nervous system." from Lou Gehrig, The Luckiest Man. Lou Gehrig was loved by many people and by many fans but sadly he lost his fight with ALS on June 2, 1941. Now when ALS is brought up in a conversation, Lou Gehrig is remembered.

ALS physically affects many different parts of the body. In most cases, ALS affects walking, speaking, and the use of hands. ALS causes the average day for us, into a difficult task for someone with the disease. In the mornings, many patients have to be helped out the bed, causing problems if there is no one there. Sometimes, patients have to wait for long times if their speaking is affected because most people could just yell but when speaking is not usable it is harder to get attention. Many people affected by ALS have trouble walking so they resort to using a wheelchair but when you can't use your hands, you can't roll the wheels so then they have to resort to electric wheelchairs.

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"There are many great and wonderful products that have changed the way ALS patients live their everyday lives." from MADAmedical.com Aids like wheelchairs help patients to get around without external help. Hydraulic lift chairs help to let patients lift up to stand and also recline. Beds used in hospitals allow patients to be removed from their bed easily by tilting forward to help patient sit up or lay down. Computers allow patients who have lost their ability to speak allow them to control what they would like to say. The mouse can be controlled by your eye or by your foot. There has been one man who has been able to control his computer using his thoughts. Some patients with ALS have trouble breathing so breathing machines can help patients have access to air without having to use an oxygen machine.

ALS still continues to affect many people and their families around the world. ALS continues to take the lives of many patients. Families all around the world are losing their loved ones because of diseases with no cures. The ALS Association is a non-profit organization that accepts donations to help find a cure. There is a walk to defeat ALS every year to help raise money also. Even though I have also lost a family member from ALS, I feel that writing this research paper about it has given me a chance to regroup myself and learn more about Lou Gehrig and ALS disease.

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