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Dear Friends and Family,

As you may or may not have heard, John McClure was diagnosed with ALS also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease in December 2020. This devastating diagnosis was given to him just as he was about to join his wife in retirement. As you know, John is a brilliant, vibrant, talented, and strong-willed individual! There are no CAN’TS in his life…… only CAN DOS, it’s just finding out a way to do it. He has lived this motto for all of his 66 years of life so far. Many of you understood this motto “If there’s a will, there’s a way” as you have done life with him. He has made a tremendous impact in the lives of many as you all know. If you were able to read the ALS hyperlink above, you may have read that ALS likes to mess with mottos like this. ALS slowly shuts down the muscle systems of the body and eventually a person with ALS needs significant aid of machines to help their body function. ALS, however, does not affect the brain or the mind. Eventually, John will lose his ability to speak and even breathe on his own unless he has the aid of machines. Essentially, he will be trapped in his own body with his brilliant, creative mind but no way to move or express himself without the aid of machines.

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