Every once in a while a story is so surreal, it catches your breath watching it. This happened today, 11/27/2017, on The Doctors. The true-life story of Augie Nieto is one you don’t read about in a novel, see in a movie, or even want to imagine. Simply put, Augie is a living miracle of a man beating all the odds.
The life expectancy of someone diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, is 2 years, a max of 5. Augie was diagnosed 13 years ago and is still on the warpath to find a cure for this horrific disease where the brain works but the body no longer functions.
The Doctors sat down with Augustine L. “Augie” Nieto II, the founder and retired chief executive of Life Fitness (he started in college), Octane fitness, and Life Cycle, as well as the current chairman of the ALS Therapy Development Institute. His wife, Lynne sat along side him as he communicated via computer to Dr. Travis Stork. The segment was based on how Augie is learning to be alive. He wants to inspire others that are going thru the battle of ALS and their families.
After Augie was diagnosed in 2005, he used all his knowledge of business to raise money and awareness to the disease and to find a cure.
His foundation, Augie’s Quest is releasing a documentary entitled “Augie” about his journey, perseverance, and the love story between him and his wife. It will be in theaters early 2018.
He and his wife, Lynne, live in Corona Del Mar, California and have four children and seven grandchildren.
As of present: Augie’s Quest has raised 60 million dollars for research and their ALS Research Institute has raised over 110 million dollars. There is a new (181501) research drug that is in Phase I human trials starting the first quarter of next year.
To watch the trailer of “Augie.”
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