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Father of 2 Starts Organization to Save His Life and Others

September 26, 2019  -  PEOPLE

At first, the signs were easy to brush aside, Brian Wallach recalls.

“For me, the first symptom was actually a weakness in my left hand, and like any 37-year-old guy, I totally ignored that for a while,” Wallach, now 39, tells PEOPLE of the first signs that his body was being affected by a deadly disease.

Wallach and his wife, Sandra Abrevaya, had just welcomed their second daughter together, and shortly after, she noticed he had developed a persistent cough.

“While we were at the hospital, my wife noticed that I caught a cough, so she sent me to the doctor to have that cough looked at,” he says. “She has also trained me really well to tell the doctor every malady I was suffering. So I mentioned to him that I had had this weird cramping and weakness in my left hand.”

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