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Lou Gehrig's Disease

Butch Moore remembers the days when gas was 13 cents and all he wanted was a 1967 Chevy. But these days he struggles to talk and his body is slowly becoming paralyzed while he is fully aware of his surroundings and his mind is still sharp.  His condition is the result of ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

"It robs them of their ability to do anything," says his wife Joyce Moore. "This disease totally paralyzes a person and there's nothing we can do about it," says his daughter Becky Smith.

The whole Moore family is an extremely rare situation when it comes to Lou Gehrig's disease. Five family members, Butch and 4 of his brothers and sisters, have all battled the disease. "It's hard because we know too much about it; we know what we're facing," says Joyce.

For the kids, like Becky and her cousins, the family history leaves them with an unsettling feeling. "We tend to look at each and wonder who's next?" says Becky.  But now the Moores are looking into doing a family study because of their rare history to help doctors find a cure or a way to prevent the disease.  Meanwhile they're enjoying the time they do have together and capturing as many family memories as they can.

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