Wally Hilgenberg

Known as the anchor of the purple people eaters in Minnesota

Wally's story

Wally was born on September 19, 1942 in Marshalltown, Iowa

Wally Hilgenberg was a Linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings (aka purple people eaters).

He was diagnosed with ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease in 2006.

He passed away on September 23, 2008.

Lou Gehrig's disease

Wally Hilenberg was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS).



This disease is mainly inherited from past generations, and ALS is a fatal disease. The disease mainly effects people on their 60s or 70s.

Some symptoms of this disease are...

-muscle weakness

-twitching and cramping of muscles

-trouble talking

-shortness of breath/difficulty breathing or swallowing

When Wally was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig disease he carried himself with pride, and said he would live everyday to the fullest, and enjoy life with his family while he was still here.

Treatment for Lou Gehrig's disease

Since this disease effects a lot your body treatment isn't very successful, but things doctors do for this disease are...

-give you medication

-physical and occupational therapy

-speech therapy

-nutritional support

-mental health care