Los Angeles Firefighter with ALS Works to Raise Awareness

Firefighter carrying a ladder

Los Angeles Firefighter Eric Stevens is hoping to raise awareness around ALS, reports People Magazine.

Patients diagnosed with ALS first experience twitching or weakness in a limb, followed by slurred speech, according to the Mayo Clinic. Because the disease affects the nerve cells in the brain and spine that control muscle movement, patients slowly lose their ability to speak, eat, walk and breathe on their own.

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