Michael Strieb, husband and father of three, was diagnosed with ALS in March, 2008. ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a neurodegenerative disease. The disease causes the nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord to degenerate and results in the loss of voluntary muscle action in those affected. Since Michael’s diagnosis, he has experienced a steady progression of the disease. He is now limited to a wheelchair, needs assistance with everyday activities, and uses a speech assistance device to communicate. Michael and his wife, Christine, live in Malvern with their three children: Sarah (10), Alexander (8), and Elizabeth (2). Sarah and Alexander attend General Wayne Elementary School.