Welcome to our CaringBridge website for Tom Schank. Tom was diagnosed with ALS in May 2019. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease that slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow and breath. The life expectancy of a person with ALS averages 2-5 years from time of diagnosis. ALS can strike anyone, and presently there is no known cause or cure. Tom began noticing symptoms during the summer of 2018, but was able to continue playing golf, biking and hiking until the end of 2018. During the winter months Tom's symptoms became more serious. He was experiencing shortness of breath, having issues lifting his arms over his head, and began having problems walking. In June 2019, Tom and Melissa moved from their single family home in Hudson, WI to a senior apartment building in Eagan, MN. Their move to a one-level home was fortuitous as Tom became unable to navigate stairs shortly after their move. In August 2019, Tom took possession of an electric wheel chair and they purchased a wheel chair accessible van to help transport Tom in his electric wheel chair. Tom's Journey is progressing at a faster pace than the average ALS patient, which is why we have decided to create this Caring Bridge site to keep family and friends up to date and coordinate additional help and visits. We appreciate your support and words of encouragement. Thank you for visiting.