Man shows amazing display of true grit at ALS 5K

Former Fireman With ALS Shows Amazing Display of Strength At 5K

CHICAGO — The Strike Out ALS 5K run was Tuesday night at US Cellular Field.

More than 700 runners came out to compete and raise money, but there was a special roar for one participant in particular.

The crowd had a round of applause and more than a few tears for former Kankakee fireman Derek Hogg, an ALS patient.

Two years ago, just after his diagnosis, Hogg ran the 5K in just 22 minutes.

Last night he put on a great display of determination and tackled the Race again.

Due to his disease, his muscles are weakening. He used a handle on his son's tricycle to walk half the course. The race raised close to $60,000 dollars to go toward research and patient aid for ALS.

See more recent ALS fundraising, spurred by Pete Frates and the ice bucket challenge:

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Man shows amazing display of true grit at ALS 5K
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 09: Pete Frates and Julie Frates attend the Sportsman Of The Year 2014 Ceremony on December 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 13: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady talks with Pete Frates and his wife Julie Frates at Fenway Park on April 13, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 13: Pete Frates is signed to the Boston Red Sox by Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington at Fenway Park on April 13, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Team members pour ice cold water onto Mercedes-AMG's British driver Lewis Hamilton as he takes the 'Ice Bucket Challenge' to raise awareness about ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Spa on August 22, 2014 ahead of the Belgium Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / BELGA PHOTO / NICOLAS LAMBERT ** BELGIUM OUT ** (Photo credit should read NICOLAS LAMBERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Former Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva braves the 'Ice Bucket Challenge' to raise awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at the Thai Red Cross Society in Bangkok on August 22, 2014. Numerous people including many celebrities have taken part around the world in recent weeks in the challenge to raise awareness of the disease that targets the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. AFP PHOTO / PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL (Photo credit should read PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JULY 04: Michael Goldsmith, a sufferer of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as 'Lou Gehrig's Disease' watches an onscreen presentation with son, Austin, prior to the game between the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays on July 4, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
COLOGNE, GERMANY - DECEMBER 07: Barbara Schoeneberger and TV host Guenther Jauch take part in the 'Ice Bucket Challenge' during the 2014! Menschen, Bilder, Emotionen - RTL Jahresrueckblick show on December 7, 2014 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 22: Manager Bruce Bochy #15 of the San Francisco Giants takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge after the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on August 22, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

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