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Medical Edge: ALS challenge encourages afflicted young mother

Cincinnati (Liz Bonis) -- For young mother Leanne Stewart, the act that the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is not slowing down is a very encouraging one.

Leanne was diagnosed with ALS by Dr. Robert Neel in 2001 and has been fighting it ever since. Leanne's twin sister Deanne says that Leanne is "the strongest person she knows."

Dr. Robert Neel explains that ALS slows the body down over time. ALS affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that affect voluntary muscles in your body.

Leanne finds living with ALS especially challenging as she works in the health care field. As a nurse Leanne is used to taking care of others and understands how important awareness is in securing funding for finding cures for diseases.

To Leanne, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is providing a comforting message, one that is being widely recognized and fervently spread.

Leanne, being a mother of two, mostly wants for people to see and understand how ALS affects a family firsthand, believing that understanding the effects of ALS will lead to more awareness.

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