Piedmont woman with ALS to compete in Ironman Triathlon

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a slow and silent killer that attacks the muscles in the body.

First it robs people of the ability to walk then their ability to talk and finally their ability to breathe.

But one Piedmont woman is trying to fight the disease by using her muscles with goal of competing in one of the most demanding sporting events in the world – the Ironman Triathlon.

Physical fitness trainer April Hartsook has competed in Ironman Triathlon events in the past, but never the ironman in Kona, Hawaii.

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