At the beginning of the year, we brought you the story of Temecula Wedding Photographer, Anthony Carbajal, who was suddenly diagnosed with ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Anthony was forced to cancel all of his weddings and refund the money to his clients because of the rapid progression of the disease made it physically impossible to continue shooting.
ALS is a terminal disease that affects the neurons in the brain and spinal cord, causing them to shrink and so muscles do not get the signals to move, and atrophy and die away. The body becomes paralyzed. Half of ALS patients pass away within 3 years and 10% live past 10 years. Anthony’s mother was diagnosed with ALS 13 years ago and his grandmother before that passed away from the disease.
Shortly after he was diagnosed, this video was created by Avni Nijhawan to document his story and the struggles Anthony faces for the future, in both the care of himself and his mother.
May is ALS Awareness Month and Anthony is constantly reminded that his body is fighting the disease. He can no longer do things that he loves like playing the guitar or photography, but he has new opportunities and plans for the future. He is currently in Washington DC speaking to Congress about funding and research for ALS and is vowing to do what he can to “help pave a better road for anyone else [fighting ALS].”
How You Can Help Anthony Carbajal
- Anthony is sharing his progress on his social media accounts. Find him on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter and leave him a word of encouragement.
- Spread the word about ALS – “ALS is not incurable, it’s just underfunded.”
- Friends have started a YouCaring fund for Anthony, as he is no longer able to work. Thus far, they have raised a little over $52,000. You can donate HERE.
You can see Anthony’s work on his website.