Meet Hope & Steve

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In August of 2011 Steve Dezember II was diagnosed with ALS, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.

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The disorder is characterized by rapidly progressive weakness, muscle atrophy and fasciculations, muscle spasticity, difficulty speaking, difficulty swallowing, and decline in breathing ability, essentially burying its victims alive.

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Two days after being diagnosed, Steve said to his girlfriend of six months, “This is going to be really hard, and if you leave, I understand. But if you stay…will you marry me?”

She said YES!

Hope and Steve were married in October 2011 and immediately set out on a journey of a lifetime, traveling to Belize and across the United States, spreading awareness about ALS.

As Hope is now Steve’s full-time caregiver, Steve and Hope rely solely on the donations of others to cover bills, food, and medicine.

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