SpongeBob creator Stephen Hillenburg diagnosed with ALS
March 16, 2017 - als
SpongeBob Squarepants creator Stephen Hillenburg — nominated for 9 Emmys for his contributions to a beloved Nickelodeon animation — announced Monday he has amyotrophic parallel sclerosis, a neurological illness commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease or ALS.
In a shot press matter performed by The Hollywood Reporter, Hillenburg, 55, suggested his diagnosis while thanking fans for their support, and indicated his work on a long-running children’s program is still a priority.
“I wanted people to hear directly from me that we have been diagnosed with ALS,” Hillenburg’s matter reads. “Anyone who knows me knows that we will continue to work on SpongeBob SquarePants and my other passions for as prolonged as we am able. My family and we are beholden for a escape of adore and support. We ask that a frank ask for remoteness be respected during this time.”
According to a ALS Association, a disease was initial discovered by French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot in 1869, yet a diagnosis of famed ball actor Gehrig in 1939 brought widespread courtesy to a ailment. The classification describes ALS as “a on-going neurodegenerative illness that affects haughtiness cells in a mind and a spinal cord” involving a relapse of engine neurons, that are obliged for carrying signals from a mind to the muscles.
Approximately 15 new cases are found any day, ensuing in around 6,000 diagnosed in a U.S. per year. Half of those with ALS live approximately 3 years after their initial diagnosis, while 20 percent live 5 years or more; 10 percent live some-more than 10 years.
In new years, concentration on ALS research has strong in a open eye interjection to a renouned Ice Bucket Challenge, that saw countless internet users and celebrities — including Lady Gaga, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Chris Pratt, to name a few — pouring buckets of ice H2O over their heads to lift recognition about a lethal disease.
NFL maestro Steve Gleason also documented his tour with ALS in a documentary Gleason, that premiered to commend during a 2016 Sundance Film Festival.
Since a entrance in 1999, SpongeBob has developed into a worldwide franchise, spawning mixed large shade adaptations (both box bureau hits), video games, and even theme park attractions. A third underline film is designed for a 2019 release, while a show’s arriving 11th deteriorate — reportedly featuring 26 half-hour episodes, according to showrunner Vincent Waller — is set to entrance after in 2017.