Wednesday, January 10, 2018 03:45 PM

CHATTANOOGA MAN SHARES STORY OF LIVING WITH ALS - WRCB-TV

CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -

An upcoming event is bringing awareness to a disease that impacts about 30,000 people in the United States.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, causes nerve cells in the body to stop working, eventually leading to death.

The ALS Association of Tennessee[1] reports about 450 people who are diagnosed are in Tennessee, fewer than 50 of those are in Chattanooga.

The beauty of the mountains brought Craig and Kelly Carter to the Scenic City 16 years ago, not knowing about the one that lay ahead.

Craig said it all started back when he noticed something wrong with his golf swing.

"I started noticing some tremors in my arms and legs, some muscle weakness in my arms," he said, "As it progressed, I was at a point where I literally couldn't undo my button-down shirts with my hands."

Doctors were stumped. Until November 2016 when he was diagnosed with ALS.

The ice bucket challenge on social media a couple years ago helped bring awareness to the disease that claims the lives of about 130 Tennesseans each year.

"There's no treatment, there's no cure and it's a horrible disease," Craig said.

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