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Q: I want to thank Dale Hansen for recently bringing attention to the disease of ALS. Here is a disease that no one survives and cancer gets all the medical attention. ALS is by far worse and my wife is a victim and any public support from Mr. Hansen and WFAA is appreciated.

A: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, is a disease of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement. ALS is also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. ALS research was the beneficiary of Dale s summertime This Is It event. He ll be grateful to receive your thoughtful email. Thank you for the kind words, and for taking the time to write.

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