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