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Tim Green's ALS diagnosis gives hope to ALS Association of Upstate NY

Tim Green is now battling ALS.

Former football phenom turned lawyer and author Tim Green's diagnosis of Lou Gehrig's disease, or ALS, is sending shock waves throughout Central New York and the country.

It's hitting close to home for Elizabeth Krisanda, who works at the ALS Association's Upstate New York Chapter.

"I actually had the pleasure of going to Liverpool High School in the 80's the same time he was there. I just remembered he was you know a huge local celebrity, you know he was a fantastic athlete, he was an incredible student," remembered Krisanda.

"ALS is a devastating disease, it is a neurodegenerative disease, there are no survivors of ALS."

In his Facebook post, Green says research is grossly underfunded.

The last time ALS research funding got a big boost, was during the Ice Bucket Challenge back in 2014.

"It was a large infusion of resources at one time and a lot of it is still working it's way through the pipeline," said Krisanda.

$115 million dollars came through in two month, in addition to federal dollars they fight for each year to go towards finding a cure.

"$10 million dollar funding stream that comes from the Department of Defense, and then there's another $10 million dollar that's through the national ALS registry. $20 million dollars is a drop in the bucket."

She says it's amazing to see Green's bravery as he fights for himself and others dealing with this disease.

"Anyone who has the platform that they're able to use their voice is a fantastic thing and for him to continue to do that really is consistent with what this whole community you know, knows about Mr. Green."

He will announce his own fundraising campaign on 60 Minutes on Sunday.


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