Basnight Tells Coastal Federation He Has ALS

Former State Senate leader Marc Basnight says he is suffering from ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease.

The Manteo businessman acknowledged his disease in an interview to the North Carolina Coastal Federation that was published today. ALS is a fatal neuromuscular disease with no known cause or cure.

Basnight resigned from the State Senate, citing health reasons, after winning re-election in 2010. The 64-year-old was elected to the Senate in 1984, and was named Senate leader in 1993.

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  • by Barbara Location: Kitty Hawk on Feb 14, 2012 at 03:54 PM
    Mark Basnight has done so much for NE North Carolina.. he has served us well and we all express our gratitude and prayers for he and his family.
  • by JMW on Feb 14, 2012 at 01:01 PM
    Blessings to you. Sorry to hear this but God never fails
  • by Watcher Location: Bertie County on Feb 14, 2012 at 06:31 AM
    So sorry to hear this, Marc. You and your family will be in our prayers. If you ever come our way looking for a bowl of grits, give me a call.
  • by Julia Location: Woodbridge, Va on Feb 13, 2012 at 02:41 PM
    Prayers for you and your family, Senator.
  • by Douglas Location: Greenville on Feb 13, 2012 at 01:23 PM
    God Bless you, Mr. Marc.
  • by jose sequera Location: MonroC on Feb 13, 2012 at 11:49 AM
    Terrible? it is the worst illness that I have ever seen or lived. My wife has it and the thing is every time we go to clinic, we get " a new machine" goodness
  • by Bill on Feb 13, 2012 at 11:04 AM
    My dad died two weeks ago from ALS. Because of his advanced age, he was even misdiagnosed at Johns Hopkins. I agree, a terrible disease...thoughts and prayers to the Basnight family as you deal with this.
  • by Sandy Location: Greenville on Feb 13, 2012 at 10:42 AM
    My daddy had this terrible disease and I can only say I wish you the best and God does answer prayers.
  • by Anonymous Location: pinetown on Feb 13, 2012 at 10:38 AM
    So very sorry to hear of this. ALS is a terrible disease. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 13, 2012 at 10:30 AM
    Sorry to hear this. I wish him the best.
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