Hayden man refuses to let ALS stifle his spirit

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by JANE MCCARTHY & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on June 5, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 5 at 6:13 PM

HAYDEN, Idaho -- A local ALS patient said he is frustrated over the lack of funding for the disease’s research, but has refused to let the disease stifle his spirit.
 
Nate Moats was diagnosed with ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease in February of 2013. Moats had never heard of the disease and the doctor did not add much insight.

“He just handed me a pamphlet and said ‘good luck,’” said Moats.

Moats soon learned the uncompromising nature of ALS and that there is no cure. Despite that, the 44-year-old decided early on how he would handle his terminal diagnosis.

“The disease does not have me, I have it,” he said.

The most frustrating part of the disease for Moats is that ALS research is severely underfunded. There is little help for people living with the disease. That is something Moats hopes to change.

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“We need to help the ones that have it now and give them hope,” said Moats.

Moats do what he can by putting his heart into being a friend to others with ALS. He focuses on things that he is grateful for.

Back in January, Moats got a new van that is specially equipped to accommodate him and his wheelchair. It was paid for by former Washington State University and NFL star, Steve Gleason’s foundation.

Gleason, who also suffers from ALS, launched the Gleason Initiative Foundation to raise money and awareness to help people with muscular diseases or injuries live a rewarding life.

KREM 2 News supports the Gleason Initiative Foundation. In fact, one member of our team is putting his heart into fundraising for the foundation.

On June 29th, KREM 2 News Director will compete in his first Ironman Coeur d’Alene to raise money for the foundation.

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