John Hunter

 

 

Age: 40

 

Summary: Ohio man who was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) in 2002 and was told by the Social Security Administration that he could still work and was not eligible for Social Security benefits, but who fought that decision by taking his plight to the news media and lobbying members of Congress, which prompt the SSA to change its rules governing the disease and give coverage to anyone with the ailment.

 

 

Cause of Death: Complications from ALS

 

Born: March 5, 1963

 

Died: October 21, 2003

 

Location: Litchfield, Ohio