Carefree mayor resigns after being diagnosed with ALS


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PHOENIX (AP) — Carefree's mayor has announced his resignation after being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease.

In a resignation letter Wednesday to Carefree residents and town officials, David Schwan says he was having increasing difficulty in fulfilling the duties and obligations of the office of mayor.

Schwan has been Carefree's mayor since 2009.

He told the Arizona Republic (http://bit.ly/1ubozw0) that he received the diagnosis last week.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the spinal cord and brain.

ALS patients in the later stages of the disease can become completely paralyzed.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com

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