How 3 Letters Changed My Life | Scott Matzka | TEDxUofM by TEDx Talks   2 years ago

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What choices would you make if you were told you had a fatal disease and only had a few years to live? Michigan alumnus, hockey player, and founder of MyTurn, Scott Matzka, has radically changed his community and his perspective on life once he was diagnosed with ALS. Through his disease, Matzka encourages people to build each other up with compassion and to radiate optimism within the community.

Scott Matzka is a 38 year-old father of two and a retired professional ice hockey player.

As a student at Michigan, Matzka lead the Wolverines to the 1998 NCAA National Championship. He went on to have a successful 11-year career in North American and European professional leagues. In September of 2015, Matzka was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a rapidly progressive and invariably fatal neurological disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.

Despite his diagnosis, Matzka remains energized and believes that it is his turn to speak out and stand out. His inspiring story continues to raise awareness and support for families battling against ALS.

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