- Augie Nieto
- Charles Mingus
- Chris Pendergast
- Dan Toler
- David Niven
- Dennis Day
- Dieter Dengler
- Don Revie
- Fokko du Cloux
- Hans Keller
- Jacob Javits
- James Augustus "Catfish" Hunter
- Jason Becker
- Lane Smith
- Lead Belly - Huddie William Ledbetter
- Lou Gehrig
- Mao Zedong
- Michael Soles - Former all-star Canadian university and Canadian Football League fullback. Diagnosed in 2005 as having Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.
- Michael Zaslow
- Mike Doyle - (1941– 2019) Surf/paddle champion, 1965 World Champion, winner of 1968 Duke Kahanamoku Contest, Doyle was a surfer known for big-wave skills, innovations, flamboyant style, inventor and surfboard maker.
- Mike Porcaro
- Mickey Marvin - Phillip Michael "Mickey" Marvin (October 5, 1955 - March 6, 2017) was a professional American football player. Marvin died from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, at the age of 61 - (Wikipedia).
- Morrie Schwartz
- Professor Stephen Hawking
- Samuel Shepard Rogers III - (Nov. 5, 1943 - July 27, 2017), known as Sam Shepard, was an American actor, playwright, author, screenwriter, and director.
- Simon Fitzmaurice - Irish filmmaker and published a memoir titled It's Not Yet Dark about his experience with motor neurone disease. He also directed My Name Is Emily in 2015 while living with the ALS.
- Stanley Sadie
- Stephen McDannell Hillenburg (Aug 21, 1961 - Nov 26, 2018) was an American animator and marine science educator. He also created the Nickelodeon animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants. Hillenburg announced he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 2017, but stated he would continue to work on SpongeBob SquarePants as long as possible. He died on November 26, 2018 at the age of 57.
- Stephen Michael "Steve" Gleason
Famous People Who Have or Had Lou Gehrigs Disease (ALS)
Published: 2017-11-10 - Updated: 2021-09-13
Author: Disabled World | Contact: Disabled World (Disabled-World.com)
Synopsis: A list of famous and well known people with or had ALS or Lou Gehrigs Disease one of the most common neuromuscular diseases worldwide. Scientists have not yet found a definitive cause for Lou Gehrig's Disease or Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis most commonly strikes people aged between 40 - 60 years old.
ALS is one of the most common neuromuscular diseases worldwide, and people of all races and ethnic backgrounds are affected.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, sometimes called Lou Gehrig's Disease, or Maladie de Charcot) is a progressive, invariably fatal, neurodegenerative disease caused by the degeneration of motor neurons, the nerve cells in the central nervous system that control voluntary muscle movement. Between 1 to 2 people per 100,000 develop Lou Gehrig's Disease each year. ALS most commonly strikes people between 40 and 60 years of age, but younger and older people can also develop the disease.
Scientists have not found a definitive cause for Lou Gehrig's Disease but the onset of the disease can be linked to a variety of risk factors. It is believed that one or more of the following factors are responsible for the majority of Lou Gehrig's Disease cases. Researchers suspect a virus, exposure to neurotoxins or heavy metals, DNA defects, immune system abnormalities, and enzyme abnormalities as the leading causes of the disease.
Lou Gehrig's Disease Symptoms:
Males are affected slightly more often than women, and the onset of ALS may be so subtle that the symptoms are frequently overlooked. The earliest symptoms of Lou Gehrig's Disease may include:
- Tripping and falling
- Hand weakness or clumsiness
- Weakness in your leg, feet or ankles
- Slurred speech or trouble swallowing
- Difficulty walking or doing your normal daily activities
- Difficulty holding your head up or keeping good posture
- Muscle cramps and twitching in your arms, shoulders and tongue
- Eventually, ALS weakens muscles, including muscles used for breathing, until they become paralyzed.
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Cite This Page (APA): Disabled World. (2017, November 10). Famous People Who Have or Had Lou Gehrigs Disease (ALS). Disabled World. Retrieved September 19, 2021 from www.disabled-world.com/disability/awareness/famous/lgd.php