Roosevelt teacher 'living with ALS'

Roosevelt teacher 'living with ALS'

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - It's a craze that has taken the internet by storm, and it is helping change lives.

Each ice bucket and each person contributes to the effort; helping provide millions of dollars for victims of ALS.

Thanks to the Ice Bucket Challenge, about $23 million have been raised to date to fight ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

On the South Plains, Kliff Kingsbury and the Red Raiders have taken the challenge, as have several Lubbock high schools.

But the Roosevelt High School cheerleaders did the challenge for a special reason, a special someone.

Tracy Faulkner is going on 17 years of teaching at Roosevelt, despite a recent hardship.

"I was diagnosed in September of last year," she said. "Had symptoms related in the two years before, but the pieces had not fallen together."

Tracy is battling ALS.

"It's a neuromuscular disease that invades the muscles and causes atrophy," she said. "It can affect your speech like mine, your breathing, your hands, your arms, your legs, eventually all muscles cease working and your breathing gets where it won't support life.

"It's a stone that drops to the bottom of your stomach because they say you have ALS and two to five years is the average, and you understand that you have a timeline."

But as a teacher , wife of 27 years and a mother of two, Tracy says the support she has received offline and offline, is unbelievable.

"Everybody has busy lives and having them help has been wonderful," she said. "I've seen a lot of videos of the challenges. It will make a bigger push for finding a cure, possibly a way to identify the disease through a blood test or something like that because there's not at this point."

Despite what doctors say, Tracy said she is not dying from ALS.

"I'm living with ALS."

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