In Part 3 of CNN anchor Suzanne Malveaux’s special series, Augie Nieto, diagnosed with disease 8 years ago, uses his toes to communicate and writes books. Augie’s Quest is a force to be reckoned with!

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In Part 2 of CNN anchor Suzanne Malveaux’s special series, former NFL star Steve Gleason battles ALS with the help of technology.

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CNN anchor Suzanne Malveaux shares her personal connection to ALS in Part 1 of her special series.

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CNN anchor Suzanne Malveaux will focus on ALS with a one-time series reporting on three unique faces of ALS and how their families are coping. With the help of Dr. Sanjay Gupta this series will tap into the medical resources as well as the research of the disease.

The series will air on CNN Newsroom July 23rd, 25th and 26th at 1pm.

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ABC News’ Rich McHugh reports:

Steve Gleason is a hero in New Orleans.

The former safety for the New Orleans Saints’ earned that status when he blocked a punt by Atlanta Falcons’ Michael Koenen as the teams played in the Superdome in 2006. The team went on to win the game. It was the Saints’ first victory since the devastation of Hurricane Katrina the previous year, and the win raised the spirits of people in the city.

That game – and the symbolic turning point in the city’s spirits – was immortalized with a statue in Gleason’s likeness outside the Superdome. The statue was named “rebirth.”

That symbol of resilience holds special meaning for New Orleans now that he’s battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a severe neurodegenerative disorder also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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