Sending prayers out to Tunch Ilkin
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10-10-2020, 12:03 AM

Former Steelers offensive tackle and current Steelers broadcaster Tunch Ilkin has announced he has ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).

In a video posted by the Bible Chapel Church, Ilkin says he learned of the disease at UPMC and it was confirmed by doctors at Cleveland Clinic.

“You know I want to fight this thing . . . with the help of God, I’m not going to lay down and take this lightly, I’m working out four days a week, I’m walking my prayer walk an hour every morning, then I’m jumping on my trampoline, my mini tramp for a half hour each day,” said Ilkin.

Ilkin, a devout Christian, says so far his arms and hands are tired in the early morning, but as the day progresses he says he gains more energy.

He is undergoing treatments as well as taking medication.

According to the Mayo Clinic, ALS “is a progressive nervous system disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, causing loss of muscle control.”

Ilkin, 63, says the thing that will help him the most is prayer.

Ilkin was selected in the sixth round of the 1980 NFL Draft and played 12 years for the Steelers.

He is also known for his work with Light of Life.

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10-10-2020, 09:40 AM

There is a new treatment using stem cells that sows much promise. It's in 3RD stage testing right now. I hope they can stop this horrible disease
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10-13-2020, 12:35 AM

Just horrible news. This has got to be the most horrific disease ever.

I noticed a while back there was something going on. Also noticed his screen time on Steeler Live diminishing this year.
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10-14-2020, 12:09 PM

The Ilkin family certainly has the prayers of mine.

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