Barrow ALS Patient Featured in Arizona Republic for Work on Indie Film

A Barrow Neurological Institute ALS patient was featured on the front page of The Arizona Republic for his work on an independent film.

Ron Hunting was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, after he began feeling weakness in his right hand, which he thought was due to an old elbow injury.

Instead of a tune-up on his elbow, Hunting underwent a string of procedures at Barrow, which The Arizona Republic describes as “one of the country’s leading research and treatment institutions for diseases relating to nerves and the brain.”

The 55-year-old is quoted in the newspaper expressing his gratitude for the Gregory W. Fulton ALS and Neuromuscular Disease Center at Barrow, where he participated in two research studies for Dr. Shafeeq Ladha. Ladha is a neurologist and the director of the ALS center.

“The people at Barrow Neurological Institute do a tremendous job of helping make a hopeless situation a little less lonely,” Hunting said.

Although Hunting can barely speak and is unable to move his arms or legs, the longtime Valley actor is determined to see the crime-thriller comedy he co-wrote, “Postmarked,” hit the big screen.

Co-writer and director Gene Ganssle plans to donate over half of the proceeds from distribution to ALS research.

Read the story here: For indie filmmakers, this movie is a race against time