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After all these years, Alex and Ginny Hall are still in love.

"We have been married 53 years. Almost a half...53 and a half.....and we dated for five years before that," Ginny says.

It wasn't love at first sight though. 

She laughs saying, “I think we hit some bumps before we reached that."

Alex joined the Army and the couple moved to Georgia and Texas. 

"Then we came back to Gastonia and we've been there ever since. It's been a great life," Ginny says.

But it's been a life that threw them a curve ball, last August. 

"His tongue would twist. He was talking tongue tied," Ginny recalls.

Doctor visits led to a discovery that left Alec feeling scared. 

"We just never dreamed he would get ALS, but I don't think anybody does," says Ginny.

ALS is sometimes called "Lou Gehrig's Disease". It's a degenerative condition that robs people of the ability to talk and move.

There is no cure. But, for Alex, there is hope.

He's part of a new clinical trial at the Carolina Medical Center, treating ALS with exercise and a new drug. Dr. Benjamin Brooks is the Medical Director at the Carolinas Neuromuscular/ALS-MDA Center.  

The drug could be approved by the FDA,  if it's shown to help patients like Alex.

For now, it's the little things that help Alex, cope with ALS.

"They don't change, their still great people," reminds Ginny.

But there is one change the Halls would love to see; a cure.


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