This man was paralyzed by ALS, but it didn’t stop him from helping others. His inspiring story is very MOTIVATIONAL!!!

Michael Winston was diagnosed with ALS (a.k.a. Lou Gehrig’s disease) on October 1st, 2008. He shared the story of his painful and dramatic journey to help people with this disease and their loved ones. Despite the illness, Michael continued to work, travel, help others and enjoy life, spending time with his friends and family. Unfortunately, the disease was progressing. Michael, with help of his loved ones, started a fundraising for the Therapy Development Institute that manages the research and cure. He believed that big pharmaceutical companies don’t want to waste money on the cure, because this disease is quite rare, and people die too fast. This is where the Ice Bucket Challenge came from, raising awareness and motivating to donate. Share Michael’s inspiring story with your friends.


Michael’s story makes you think about how much can you really accomplish. A strong will and a big heart can do big things, ignoring diseases. Unfortunately, Michael passed away on September 1, 2013. Every day we should be thankful and appreciative for what we have. Our possibilities are limitless. Take a minute to think what do you really want to do and what do you want to be. Stop with lame excuses and take a first step to change what you are not happy with, and start moving towards what you want. Therapy Development Institute has announced much progress in developing a promising drug to help fight ALS. They need funds to bring these new developed drugs to patients and improve them. ALS TDI manages a complicated discovery program, validating potential therapeutics; including small molecules, protein biologics, gene therapies and cell-based constructs. So far the drug only prolongs life of a patient only for 2-3 months. Most people with ALS live 2-5 years after their first signs of disease. About 10% of people with ALS survive at least 10 years. This rate of progression makes it difficult to predict therapies.

Sources:

http://www.als.net/

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