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Everyone affected by ALS is unique, and they all have their own story to tell. Behind the INK provides a place for members of the community to share their story and what inspired them to get #INKEDforALS.

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Dan’s story

Image of Dan’s INKED for ALS tattoo
Family member/caregiver

Dan White befriended Phil Green years ago when they bonded over their love of sports.

When Phil, a husband and father to 4 children, was diagnosed with ALS in 2018, he decided he was going to dedicate his life to advocating for other people and families affected by the disease. Over the last 3 years, Phil has been actively supporting many other people with ALS and their caregivers throughout their journeys, hoping to make as big a difference as he can, while he can.

Phil has had a lasting impact on many touched by ALS, even those with no connection to ALS until they met him, like Dan. When Phil and others in the ALS community began to participate in #INKEDforALS, Dan took it to the next level and tattooed the symbol on his arm—for life.

Reflecting on the decision he made 1 year ago, Dan shared, “I wanted to see the symbol every day because even if I felt I was having a bad day, I could look down and remember that my day is not so bad. My friend has been dealt a much worse hand in life, and he’s making the most out of it. The world needs to know that people as strong as Phil exist.”

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