ALS: Zac Brown Band musician John Driskell Hopkins was diagnosed with motor neuron disease

Zac Brown Band musician John Driskell Hopkins has been diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

The condition, also known as motor neuron disease, is a degenerative disease that attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.

It’s often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease, after the baseball player who was diagnosed with it.

In a video posted to Instagram on Friday (May 20), Driscoll stood by the other members of the country music group and shared their “hard news” with their 900,000 followers.

The 51-year-old said he had been struggling with “some balance issues and some stiffness in my hands” “over the past few years” but had only recently been diagnosed.

“After careful analysis by some of the best neurologists in the country, I was diagnosed with ALS,” he said. “Because my symptoms have been slow to progress from the start, we believe they will continue to progress slowly in the future.

“God willing, I plan on rocking with these amazing people for many more years to come.”

The band then encouraged fans to donate to Hop On A Cure, a foundation set up on Hopkins’ behalf to find a cure for motor neuron disease.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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