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Maple Leafs great Borje Salming diagnosed with ALS

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The Canadian Press

The Canadian Press

{ Former Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Borje Salming has been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease, the team announced Wednesday.

Summing, who played 16 of his seasons with the Leafs (1973-1989) and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1996, recognizes there is no cure for the disease, but there is. said in a statement. A treatment that slows progression.

ALS is a progressive neurological disease that leads to paralysis, inability to swallow, respiratory failure, and, usually, eventual death in 2-5 years from the onset of symptoms.

Salming, 71, is undergoing treatment in his native Sweden, where more than 800 of his ALS patients are.

The Canadian ALS Association estimates that 3,000 Canadians are living with the disease.

This Canadian Press report was first published on August 10, 2022.