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Updated Jul 14, 2014 - 12:00 pm

What's it like to grow up with a parent who has ALS?

When you see the name Lou Gehrig, what's the first thing that comes to your mind? His 17 years as a New York Yankee? His .340 career batting average? Probably not.

His name will always be primarily associated with the disease that bears it… amyotrophic lateral sclerosis…" Lou Gehrig's Disease." Many know more about the baseball player than the condition that killed him in 1941.

Even less is understood about the effects on the family of the person who has ALS. We had to go no further than the executive offices of KTAR to get an answer to the question, "What's it like to grow up with a parent who has ALS?"


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He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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