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Durham father, battling ALS, works to inspire others

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Chris Rosati was diagnosed with ALS in 2010. Chris Rosati was diagnosed with ALS in 2010.
DURHAM, N.C. - A Durham father, battling a terminal illness, is trying to leave behind an inspirational legacy.

Watching his kids splash around in the pool this Father's Day, Chris Rosati, 43, is counting his blessings.  In 2010, he was diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig's Disease, which slowly eats away at his brain cells and spinal chord.

"Almost all patients die within 5 years," Rosati said, "So the math suggests I make the most out of every day."

That's what he's now doing, granting people's wishes and filming them for the world to see through a nonprofit he set up called Inspire Media Network.  His first mission took place earlier this year when he partnered with Krispy Kreme to drive around a delivery truck and give away hundreds of doughnuts.

Now, he's fielding ideas from triangle area school children in a project called the BIGG (Big Ideas for the Greater Good) Challenge.  The ten best pitches will be screened at a Hollywood-style red carpet premiere on August 3rd at the Carolina Theater in Durham.

"It will be something they will never forget," Rosati said, "And that's kind of the idea, is to help them do something good so they can feel the way I felt the day I gave away all those doughnuts because I think once they feel that, they'll be hooked."

Rosati draws strength from his wife and two children, ages three and eight, but every day is a struggle.

"I don't always stay positive," he said.  "I cry, but when I'm not crying, I look at them and they deserve to have a happy daddy for as long as I can be happy."

It's that feeling of happiness that he hopes to spread long after his time.

Derick Waller

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