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Man with ALS Hikes 600-Mile Appalachian Trail

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With a little help from friends, family and volunteers, a determined father-of-two from Massachusetts is hiking the Appalachian Trail even though he was diagnosed with ALS the past year around Thanksgiving.

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Despite the shocking diagnosis, Rick Marks, 55 and from Winchester, Mass., is bouncing back and raising awareness of ALS by doing something he loves: hiking. He is currently in the process of conquering the mountain summits stretching from Maine to Massachusetts. He has been a hardcore man of the outdoors way back since his eldest son became a member of the Boy Scouts. Speaking through a machine, Marks said: “I decided the only way through this is to stay as positive as I could and I asked my family to do the same.”

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The determined Marks wouldn’t have it any other way, as revealed by his wife Eileen. “He’s been much more positive, consistently, than the rest of us have,” she said. “It’s been difficult, and sometimes we have to make him let us be sad.”

It was as early as January when Marks made the decision to embark on this challenging journey with hopes of raising awareness as well as research funds so that no one will have to go through what he and his family are going through. When he was first giving the shocking news, he said that he “was stunned. I did not expect this diagnosis at all.”

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Eileen shared: “He could have definitely done it in January. Even in January, he was still skiing out in Utah. [But] he wasn’t able to do the hike the way he originally envisioned it.”

The supportive wife explained that although her husband will now have to do the hike slower than he expected, Marks remains determined to hike the trail by sections. He assured: “My hike is going very well so far. I have seen some beautiful parts of New England. I have fallen a number of times but the friends who are hiking with me have been a big help.”

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This WWII Hero Miraculously Saved 75 Lives Without EVER Using A Weapon

His name might not be as well-known as that of other WWII heroes, but once you read the miraculous story of Desmond Doss, you’ll never forget him! From humble beginnings, this unassuming Virginia native would make a vow that he’d carry with him his whole life. He was the subject of endless abuse due to his beliefs, but no one could have foreseen how they would later contribute to his astonishing acts of heroism on the battlefield. Find out how this small-town boy with a heart of gold went up against all odds to save dozens of his fellow soldiers without ever touching a gun. Don’t miss this heartwarming tale of faith and heroism – read on!

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The Enduring Mystery Of The Curse Of Tutankhamun

For more than three thousand years, Tutankhamun, the teenage pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty of Ancient Egypt, lay at rest in his hidden tomb, forgotten though undisturbed. All that changed when a group of intrepid British explorers made the discovery of a lifetime. But with glory came unspeakable horrors.

Lavished with incredible treasures of gold and precious stones, Tutankhamun’s tomb also possessed a dangerous secret. As bizarre events and calamities began to strike those surrounding the archaeological excavation, the haunting legend of this pharaoh’s curse began. What is real and what is coincidence? Judge for yourself, but who knows: you may yet become a believer!

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Check Out The Absolute Weirdest Photos Taken In Vegas

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