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"She actually counts the boards from the dots that are there," says Bob Gronowski. "And she's able to pick up spares and strikes."
"He's my everything," says Neva Gronowski. "He always has been. He brings out the best in me."
The 46 year old started showing symptoms of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis 4 years ago - about the time the couple was married.
"Neva is a jokester," says Bob. "She'd fall and I'd run around the car looking for her and she'd say I'm checking the undercarriage. She's dealt with it so well. It's horrible to watch."
The motor neuron disease shuts down muscle function, but ALS doesn't affect the 5 senses or the brain - so, Neva is still working.
"As you can tell, I'm the brawn of the relationship, she's the brain," says Bob. "She's a business analyst. She writes code."
That is computer code for Cinram Manufacturing.
"I design and write code based on customer requests," says Neva. "With my thumb."
It's the only thing that still moves. Bob props her hand with a pill bottle.
"During the day I like to feel that I'm fulfilling a need," says Neva. "I mean a lot of people depend on what I do."
The ever present smile says it all.
"We've prayed for a merry heart and that's what we get," says Bob. "I don't think you have to bring out a forensic kit to dust for the prints of God on our relationship. I'm willing to take care of her. Would I rather dance with her than have to cut her nails? Sure. But, I'll take it. I'll take it. She's amazing."
In about 10% of cases, ALS is caused by a genetic defect. In the remaining cases, the cause is unknown. Neva's story of courage is just one of many you will see during the MDA Labor Day Telethon on FOX17. The telethon will begin at 7pm Sunday night.
Friday, August 31 2012, 08:27 PM CDT
Haslam's chief deputy Claude Ramsey to retire
June 19, 2013 16:41 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Haslam says chief deputy Claude Ramsey is retiring at the end of August to spend more time with his family in Chattanooga.
The Republican governor said in a news release on Wednesday that the 70-year-old Ramsey has been integral to his administration on key initiatives that include civil service reform, economic development efforts, workforce development training and improved operation of state government.
Ramsey was elected to the General Assembly in 1972 where he served four years in the House. He was Hamilton County's mayor for 16 years.
His last day on the job is August 31.
Porsche tops in annual survey of vehicle quality
DETROIT (AP) -- Porsche is the top performer in an annual survey of new vehicle quality.
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