Source: sbnation.com | Re-Post Duerson Fund 4/12/2017 –
Former San Francisco 49ers receiver Dwight Clark announced Sunday that he’s been diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, better known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Clark, 60, released the statement on former 49ers owner Ed DeBartolo Jr.’s website. According to the statement, Clark started feeling weakness in his left hand in September 2015.
“I was mildly paying attention to it because since my playing days, I’ve constantly had pain in my neck. I was thinking it was related to some kind of nerve damage because it would just come and go.”
After months of treatments and tests, Clark was diagnosed with the disease. He said he will face ALS over the coming years and is “going to fight like hell and live every day to the fullest.”
Clark, who cannot walk long distances, run, or play golf, described picking up over 30 pounds a chore, but he has some good news.
“The one piece of good news is that the disease seems to be progressing more slowly than in some patients.”
Clark took many hits during his NFL career, and he isn’t ruling that out as a reason for his diagnosis.