John Driskell Hopkins of the Zac Brown Band has been diagnosed with ALS.
John Driskell Hopkins was surrounded by his bandmates in a 1 minute, 12 second video broadcast to the band’s official social media platforms. Hopkins began the video by claiming that he had “difficult news to deliver” and that his “brothers and sisters” had come to support him.
“I’ve noticed some balance concerns and stiffness in my hands during the last few years. I was diagnosed with ALS after a thorough examination by some of the country’s leading neurologists. We believe that because my symptoms have progressed slowly from the beginning, they will continue to do so in the future. I hope to continue rocking with these incredible folks for many years to come, God willing.”
ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a nervous system disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, resulting in muscular control loss, according to the Mayo Clinic.
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Brown added his two cents and thanked everyone for their support.
“ALS treatment technology and research has progressed, but we still don’t have a cure,” he stated. “Thank you so much for your prayers and for assisting us in our fight against ALS.”
John Driskell Hopkins also introduced the Hop on a Cure Foundation. Fans can donate by calling the band’s phone line, which will go towards ALS research.
Hopkins is a founding member of the GRAMMY-nominated band, which is presently on its Out in the Middle Tour.