Loren Dils was diagnosed with ALS at the age of 41 which was over 9 years ago. He has continued to live a full and productive life even with the difficulties that ALS presents to him. As you can see from the articles below Loren has continued to give back and inspire our community. He is also a fantastic father to his 2 sons who have been able to get to know him better and better every day.
For the past 3 years Loren has lived with the help of a ventilator that breathes for him. He also uses a motorized chair to get around which, to date, has logged nearly 3,000 miles. Besides this specialized medical equipment, Loren needs the assistance of caregivers 24 hours a day. Needless to say the medical care that Loren needs on a daily basis is very expensive totalling $250,000 per year. While a small portion of those costs are covered by insurance, most of it is not and is covered mostly by his family. The average ALS patient survives 3-5 years and we are so lucky to have Loren still battling this awful disease and helping our community after 9 years. The extreme cost of ALS has largely depleted his family’s resources and he needs more help from the community that he has given so much of his time and energy to.