Carey Hall, a member of Sarah Fisher Racing, is dying from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
ALS a horrible way to go. There is no cure and not much treatment for ALS, which is a rapidly progressive disease that attacks the nerve cells responsible for controlling voluntary muscles. Eventually, patients lose their strength and ability to move their arms, legs, and body. When muscles in the diaphram and chest wall fail, patients cannot breathe without ventilator support. Most people with ALS die from respiratory failure, usually within three to five years. About 10 percent of patients survive for 10 years or more. Last I heard Carey was in a wheelchair and losing the ability to speak.
Carey will leave a wife and three kids behind. Sarah Fisher has worked hard to raise awareness and money for the family and I have donated twice to a fund for their sake. I invite you to end 2011 by yelling F YOU! at ALS and supporting Carey's Hope.