Well wishes and prayers going out to Zac Brown Band vocalist and bassist John Driskell Hopkins who recently revealed that he has been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a neurological disease commonly referred to as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease.
The 51-year-old took to YouTube to reveal the diagnosis.
“Over the past several years, I’ve noticed some balance issues and some stiffness in my hands,” Hopkins said. “After careful analysis by some of the country’s top neurologists, I have been diagnosed with ALS.”
Despite the scary diagnosis, Hopkins says that the disease has been progressing slowly over the years so he and his doctors are hopeful that things will continue to progress slowly.
During the video below, John announced the launch of a new foundation, Hop on a Cure, which is dedicated to funding and supporting research to prevent, reverse, and cure ALS while raising awareness, building a “compassionate community,” and “unleashing the healing power of hope.” The video ends with the band asking fans to text “HOP” to 345-345 to make a donation.
I have a feeling that John revealing his ALS diagnosis will inspire others to get their own symptoms checked out.