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It is time to end this disease!
More than 20 years ago, the Thurtle family lost Dianna Thurtle-Shuster to ALS. Dianna, a devoted daughter, wife, mother, and friend, battled ALS for two years before it took her life. A die-hard baseball and Los Angeles Dodgers fan, Dianna enjoyed attending games with her family. This devotion to the Dodgers was passed on to her sons and grandchildren.
Dianna's son, Robert, was a family man and also diagnosed with ALS at a young age. A devoted son, husband, father, and friend, he enjoyed watching Dodgers baseball and listening to Vin Scully on the radio. After diagnosis, he lived with ALS for 10 short months, passing away in December 2011.
In October 2015, Teresa, Michael, Mark, and Kenny Thurtle (pictured) joined the Precision Medicine Program (PMP) at ALS TDI. PMP is the world's premier partnership between scientists and people with ALS to identify treatments and cures. This pioneering partnership has resulted in the creation of the largest, patient-linked database integrating ALS genetics, voice recordings, lifestyle, demographics and accelerometer data.
Teresa is an Air Force veteran, having served in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Deep Freeze. Having founded the organization Bottoms Up 2 Down ALS (https://community.als.net/bottomsup2downals), her commitment to end ALS is twofold: to save the lives of not only her direct family members, but her military family members as well. The Veterans Administration recognizes ALS as a service-related disease, as research shows those who have served are twice as likely to develop ALS compared with those who did not serve in the military. Continued research will hopefully reveal the cause of these staggering numbers.