Curt’s Pitch for ALS
August Update: Atlanta ALS sufferer Garry Phebus has made national headlines with a YouTube video, in which he makes a case for ending his life early so that his organs may be put to good use while still healthy. Phebus was diagnosed with ALS in 2008, which he calls “a death sentence, positively, no questions asked.” “I am not suicidal,” he says. “I just know that it is a matter of time before I die and wish to do a good thing for those people who have a good life expectancy.”
Physicians were quick to assert that one in ten ALS sufferers can live for decades (for example, high-profile ALS sufferer, Dr. Stephen Hawking), though the vast majority of the approximately 5,600 Americans diagnosed this year can expect only two to five years. Additionally, few if any doctors would risk State censure for assisted suicide — which is how the operation that Phebus proposes would almost certainly be viewed. Phebus’ daughter, Kerry Wilkinson, expresses some reservations for the time being, but asserts that when her father “gets to the point where he’s lost his pride or become humiliated in how he’s having to suffer and the indignities … we’re not going to have an issue with that.”
A family friend who is a maritime lawyer noted that sometime in the future “assisted suicide” would not be as big an issue as it is today. If you are unfamiliar with what maritime law is, it refers to not only admiralty law, but also the Jones Act. Admiralty law refers to the United States laws and regulations, including international agreements and treaties that govern the activities in any US navigable waters whether its inland waterways or the open sea. Admiralty law, a federally recognized body of laws, formalizes the long-standing maritime maintenance and cure traditions for maritime workers. The Jones Act permits a maritime lawyer to bring legal actions on the behalf of an injured seaman, against ship owners, ship captain, or other crew members after an accident has occurred. The maritime lawyer went on to say that he has had a number of cases in which a maritime worker suffering from a debilitating injury has expressed the wish for assisted suicide. Fast forward to 2014: Assisted suicide was banned everywhere but Oregon until 2008. It is now legal in five states. Physician-assisted suicide in the United States is legal in the states of Oregon, New Mexico, Montana, Vermont, and Washington.
Curt’s Pitch for ALS was a charity program set up by former MLB pitcher Curt Schilling and his wife Shonda. Schilling’s unique twist was to donate to ALSA for every strikeout. Now retired, Schilling nevertheless continues his efforts in the fight against ALS, as well as a number of other worthy causes. On our site, we offer a brief bio of the Schillings, basic information on ALS/ Lou Gehrig’s disease, and helpful links to other ALS resources on the Web.
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Jan Autim catalogs research documents and raises funds for Curt’s Pitch. She is well known for numerous medical weight loss articles and several books on the doctor supervised, medical weight loss & other dieting strategies. She also volunteers as a dog walker for the Altamonte Animal Shelter.
Many people have dedicated their time & energy to this very worthy cause. If you are interested in donating to it as well please fee free to reach out to us with questions. We appreciate every bit of help we can get in fighting this terrible problem.