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Volunteers support Hoffman Estates man's ALS fight

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Friends, family and other volunteer supporters of Hoffman Estates native Eric Von Schaumburg will be wearing yellow aprons and holding collection canisters at major intersections of the village Sunday, May 4 as part of the Les Turner ALS Foundation's Tag Days drives.

The local event is spearheaded by the 30-year-old Von Schaumburg's parents, Deb and Bob. Their son, a standout on Schaumburg High School's impressive 1999 and 2000 football teams, was diagnosed with the progressive neurodegenerative disease also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, last June. Since then, friends and family have been hosting various fundraising benefits for Von Schaumburg's "Fight Like a Champion Medical Trust" to help cover his medical expenses.

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Though his ability to speak is weakening, he stays connected by sharing positive stories on his blog, www.fightlikeachampion.org.

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