Fitness pioneer Augie Nieto took his continuing campaign to raise funds to find a cure for Lou Gehrig’s disease to NBC’s Today Show Dec. 28 with a short segment as a part of the national show’s Christmas week series called “Today’s Real Heroes.”
In mid-December, reporter Natalie Morales visited Nieto, who was diagnosed in March 2005 with ALS otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, to film footage at his home for the profile called “Fitness Guru’s Courageous Journey.”
Morales called Nieto's diagnosis “one of life’s cruelest ironies” since the fitness devotee and founder of the company now called Life Fitness “is being felled by a fast-moving disease.”
In clips from other appearances as well as Lou Gehrig’s own public airing on the baseball field of his diagnosis with ALS, Morales shows Nieto’s human side as well as his continued ability to retain humor and an upbeat approach to life, knowing that even his quest to find a cure may not help his own life.
“I’m running it like a business,” Nieto tells Morales.
The report also shows his wife and high school sweetheart Lynne by his side.
“I was drafted,” Nieto said of his disease, “and Lynne enlisted in this war. For her service, I’ll be indebted forever.”
As Nieto said, you can celebrate what you can do or mourn what you can’t. Nieto continues to raise millions of dollars for the non-profit Augie’s Quest (www.augiesquest.org) that he co-chairs with Lynne in the battle against ALS.
If you want to listen in to the Today Show segment, click here.
In case you missed Nieto on two SNEWS® Live podcasts (Dec. 11 and 18), in which he discusses pre-ALS life, post-ALS life as well as the fitness industry’s development and future, go to www.snewsnet.com/podcasts to find a list of all past SNEWS® podcasts, including Nieto's.