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The Doctors are joined by Augie and Lynne Nieto who are helping with the fight against ALS in amazing ways.
Augie, who is the co-founder of Life Fitness, was diagnosed with ALS in 2005. His fight against ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), which causes the loss of both nerve and muscle function, is featured in the new documentary, "Augie."
"It is my hope that by putting our story out there, we can touch others who are going through difficult times [and] raise awareness and critical funds around ALS," Augie tells The Doctors through the use of a computer which he controls with his foot.
The life expectancy for someone with ALS is usually only 2 to 5 years, but Augie has survived for 13 years after being diagnosed. Lynne says the Augie’s Quest foundation has raised $60 million in the last 13 years. Her husband is also the chairman of the ALS Therapy Development Institute, which has raised over $110 million.
"We know it's not an [incurable] disease, it's just underfunded," Lynne says. Lynne goes on to share that the ALS Therapy Development Institute has a drug that is going into clinical trials and she feels it will possibly offer hope to others suffering from ALS.