In this edition of East Idaho Newsmakers, Nate Eaton talks with Mindy Rees. Mindy’s 33-year-old husband, Wyatt, was diagnosed with ALS earlier this year after suffering symptoms for the past three years. He can not walk, eat, speak, swallow or move the majority of his muscles.
After a Secret Santa surprised the Rees family with a $10,000 check this month, the Rees family gained national attention. People magazine, Inside Edition, Fox News and other media outlets shared their story with hundreds of thousands of people.
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ALS is a disorder that affects the function of nerves and muscles. It is estimated that as many as 20,000 Americans have the disease at any given time, according to the ALS Association. Most people who develop ALS are between the ages of 40 and 70.
Eaton invited Rees to appear on Newsmakers to discuss ALS, Wyatt’s situation, how he was diagnosed and what the future holds for him and their family.
Watch the video above for the entire conversation.
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