The effects of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).
William Lauer was diagnosed with ALS in 2009. These photos were taken a year apart from each other, the top in 2011 at William’s croquet event for his charity, and the bottom in 2012 at the same event.
I don’t know William that well, but he was nice enough to give me photo advice when he didn’t have to. I’ve shot a lot of his events and it’s very tough to see someone become less and less independent and broken. He was a photographer for the Lincoln Journal Star for a long time, and he’s done one of the best stories I’ve seen on Native American life on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
Check out the William Lauer Foundation for ALS and Charities and think about attending an event if you live in Lincoln/Omaha or donating through the site.
© 2012 Andrew Lamberson
I posted this back in May. William died this morning. Rest in peace, friend, and thank you for all the help.