The ALS Association

My Dad Is My Inspiration

Jennifer S. Starkville, Mississippi

My father, Stephen Smith, passed this last February after fighting ALS. He was diagnosed in June 2011. He was a retired SGM and a veteran in the Army. I had hoped to finish veterinary school and get my Ph.D. in neuroscience, then dedicate my career to finding a cure for ALS, before he passed. I am now struggling to get through college in order to follow my dream, but I hope to become a researcher and be an active solution to find a cure for ALS. He is my inspiration and will be until the day I die. ALS has played a very significant role in my life.

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