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# lou gherigs disease
Heartbreaking final broadcast as news anchor tells viewers of his fatal condition
In an emotional goodbye the news anchor informs viewers he is suffering from ALS.

AN AMERICAN NEWS anchor has told his audience live on air that he is suffering from ALS, a condition from which there is “no cure”.

In the segment, Larry Stogner informed his viewers that he would soon be bringing his career in broadcast journalism to and end after discovering he had the condition – sometimes referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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Stogner has been with the ABC 11 since 1976 and announced his retirement from the station last Friday.

The news anchor opened his address by drawing attention to a change in his voice that some viewers had noticed, before going on to say:

Some of you may remember me taking the ALS Ice Bucket challenge back in the summer. It was great fun plus it helped to raise over $100 million. Little did I know it was about to change my life. There is no cure. My career in broadcast journalism is coming to an end.

Last year more than €1.6 million was raised in Ireland for ALS sufferers by those doing the Ice Bucket challenge.

Stogner went on to say he has been “blessed to have had the best job in the world” and thanked viewers for their company during his time with the station.

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