ALS Awareness Month: Local firefighter opens up about battling the disease

May is ALS Awareness Month and a local firefighter shares his story as he battles the disease.

ALS, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is 100 percent fatal and has few treatments to improve the quality of life.  Health officials say as many as 30,000 Americans may currently be affected by ALS.

This includes Eric Stevens. Stevens, a local firefighter, along with his wife, Amanda, spoke to FOX 11 Entertainment Reporter, Amanda Salas, as they continue to fight for a cure and spread awareness.

The Stevens family opened up about the incredible bond the local firefighter community has with one another, and how Eric feels seeing the #axeals hashtag on social media.

The Stevens family urges anyone who is willing to lend their time to go to their website to contact their local legislator to give terminally ill patients access to FDA treatments already proven to be safe and effective through a Phase 3 trial.

Click here to visit their website