Facing devastating diagnosis ALS community remains dedicated to finding new treatments – Your Valley

One local family fights for fast-track of NurOwn drug, treatment

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Eric Weinbrenner is in the fight of his life as he and thousands of advocates seek to bring compassion to the data-driven scientific process of approving drugs meanwhile ALS patients die daily waiting for solutions to be found.

Imagine having worked hard to build a good life for the young family you’ve created; a beautiful home, small children — the whole nine yards.

Then, suddenly, one sunny Arizona day just like any other, you’re told that due to a deadly disease, which has no cure, you won’t live to see the fruits of your labor blossom.

Life as you know it has been robbed in the blink of an eye.

The likelihood of seeing your two babies, a newborn and a 2-year-old, graduate high school and college is gone. Growing old with your wife is only a dream now.

This heartbreaking scenario is reality for Town of Paradise Valley resident Eric Weinbrenner, who was told he has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease — the day before Thanksgiving in 2019.

ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. In this disease, nerve cells break down, which reduces functionality in the muscles they supply. The cause is unknown.

People with ALS lose their functions to walk, talk, and eventually breathe. Data shows about 16,000 people across the
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