Knicely Done: Unrelenting In Battle With ALS

The old saying "you can't keep a good man down" certainly applies to Curt Mantz who lives in Waterloo, Nebraska

Curt and his wife Mary have been married 32 years and the last seven have included some drastic changes.

Shortly after they took on a project of gutting and remodeling a house, Curt was diagnosed with ALS, a motor neurone disorder that is also known as Lou Gehrig disease.

"There is no cure," explained Mary in an interview with WOWT 6 News. "People with the disease are given two to five years to live. Curt is almost to his 8th year."

The disease of nerve cells in the brain has robbed Curt of his speech and the use of his arms but he continues to lead an active life with the help of his family.

Curt spells words by waving his feet in the air to communicate.

He chips away at a patio project using his tennis shoes to dislodge embedded rocks. Curt's grandsons help collect and move the dirt using a battery operated tractor and trailer.

"We've really had to pull together and work as a team." explained Mary. "Our kids, their spouses and even neighbors. One day a group knocked on our door at 7:30 and painted the outside of our house for free. They were done by 2:30 in the afternoon!"

It's that blessing of family and friends that keeps Curt going.

This summer he lobbied for ALS research in Washington DC and over the last five years, Curt and his family has raised almost $50,000 in the annual walk for ALS.

This year's walk is set for August 23 and for more information click the link included with this story.

"I have it made," said Curt with his daughter Chelsea's help.

"No, we have it made," she said. "Because you never complain!"

Curt Mantz, clearly making the best with extremely difficult circumstances.

Knicely Done!

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