Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis(ALS) or Lou Gehrig Disease as people in America sometimes refer to it, is a neurodegenerative disorder that weakens the muscles, greatly reducing their physical functions until they are no longer able to sustain essential body function, leading to the person’s death. According to studies, more than five thousand people are diagnosed with ALS every year in the United States, out of which less than 20% have a chance of surviving the first 5 years after the diagnosis.
At this point in time, nobody is yet sure what exactly
causes the disease, a disease which affected a lot of people throughout the years, including a few very famous ones. Over the next few minutes, we will remind ourselves of the ten most famous people with ALS who ever lived.
6Dieter Dengler (1938 – 2001)
Dieter Dengler was a United States Navy pilot during the Vietnam War. He and 2 other survivors out of 7 escaped a Pathet Lao prison camp in Laos before he was rescued 23 days later, while still on the run. Interestingly enough, he was a pilot for TWA until his retirement at age 59. He also flew privately almost up to his death. At some point, he was inducted into the Gathering of Eagles Program in 2000. He, like many others before him, eventually succumbed to ALS in 2001.