Minnesota Man With ALS Hopes Stem Cells Save His Life

Posted on June 27, 2015

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WCCO | CBS Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A Minnesota man living with Lou Gehrig’s Disease is hoping a unique treatment can help him defy the odds.

Fifty-one-year-old Steve Stefano was diagnosed with ALS in 2011.

The one-time long distance runner from Hugo is now in a wheelchair and needs a ventilator to breathe.

“I would run six miles a day before I got sick,” Stefano said.

As the saying goes, Stefano was living the dream. The former high school quarterback married his high school sweetheart. They had a son together, and life was good. That was until 2011, when pain in his shoulders eventually led to a life-changing diagnosis. Steve had ALS.

“Denial,” Stefano said. “I didn’t want to believe it. It was a hard day.”

Steve now spends his days in his living room, and he needs around-the-clock care.

Instead of going out for a run, a ceiling track helps him get from his recliner…

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