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My 100-Mile Trek with ALS

DIAGNOSED WITH THE DEGENERATIVE NERVE DISEASE IN 2016, RICK MARKS SET OUT TO RAISE AWARENESS AND RESEARCH FUNDS BY HIKING THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL
Steps to a Cure “Ever since I was diagnosed, I’ve wanted to make an impact on research and awareness,” says Marks (right, with friend Walter Scully near Norwich, Vt., on July 7).

On Oct. 13, 2016, Rick Marks’s life as he knew it changed forever. That was the day the Winchester, Mass., father of two was diagnosed with ALS, the progressive neurodegenerative disease that causes extreme muscle deterioration, often leaving

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