Washington Post: Former 49ers star Dwight Clark on his ALS battle: ‘They need to find a cure to this thing because it is torture.’

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Dwight Clark, one half of one of the most famous plays in NFL history, offered an update on his battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease, saying “they need to find a cure to this thing because it is torture.”

Clark, the wide receiver at the end of the Joe Montana pass that beat the Dallas Cowboys in the 1982 NFC championship game, announced in March that he has been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, an incurable, progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.

“I’m losing strength and I’ve lost 80 pounds, if you can believe that,” Clark said in an interview on KNBR Radio’s “Murph and Mac” show in San Francisco. “But I’m still able to use my hands a little bit. Walk a little bit. But this stuff is no joke, man. They need to find a cure to this thing because it is torture. It’s just going through all the different phases. I wake up every morning and I take that first step to see if it’s going to work. And it’s ‘Okay, still walking today.’”

At best, he added that, “I’m just hoping that it plateaus at some point before I get all the way to the end,” he said, “where I can’t move, and talk and all that.”

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