Orange County Man Uses his 'Empire' To Fight ALS

"We love Empire." Those words came from Augie Nieto. Augie was diagnosed with ALS ten years ago and communicates through a computer. He applauds the ALS storyline in the hit Fox series.

On Empire, the lead character Lucious Lyon is given three years to live. He's a media mogul and now in search of an heir in one of his three sons.

Augie too has an empire. He founded Life Fitness in college. Who hasn't jumped on a Life Cycle at the gym? While Augie too was given three years to live he has defied the odds. It's been ten years since he was diagnosed. His wife Lynne says they've lived some of the very scenes you see on on the series.

Augie and Lynne are now a leading voice in the fight for a cure. They founded the world's largest ALS research institute. Their foundation, Augie's Quest, has raised 44-million dollars. He stunned everyone at last year's event by walking, with human and mechanical assistance. He did it again at his daughter's wedding.

Augie's ALS is what's called slow progressive, it is not the type passed on to family. Fitness continues to be a part of his life. He works out three times a week. When he's not working out he's working! Augie is on the board of directors for Octane Fitness, Jenny Craig and Curves, and he's an advisor to an equity firm.

The world is no stranger to ALS. It's also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Last year, it was the focus of the Ice Bucket Challenge. Then, there was the Oscar winning performance by Eddie Redmayne in "The Theory Of Everything." Empire is the latest platform to bring more awareness.

Learn more about Augie's Quest and their March 13th benefit.

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