Zac Brown Band’s John Driskell Hopkins reveals he was diagnosed with ALS: ‘Hard to share’

Zac Brown Band’s John Driskell Hopkins reveals he was diagnosed with ALS: ‘Hard to share’

John Driskell Hopkins, 51, of the Zac Brown Band, reveals he was diagnosed with ALS: ‘Hard to share’

John Driskell Hopkins of the Zac Brown Band took to social media with his bandmates on Friday to share some serious health news.

The 51-year-old musician posted a video in which he revealed he had been diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

“I have some difficult news to share,” the singer said at the start of the clip. He was joined by his “siblings”.

Serious announcement: Zac Brown Band's Jcof took to social media to reveal he had been diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease

Serious announcement: John Driskell Hopkins of the Zac Brown Band has taken to social media to reveal he’s been diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease; John in Nashville, TN earlier this month

“Over the past few years I’ve noticed balance issues and some stiffness in my hands,” he continued.

“After careful analysis by some of the best neurologists in the country, I was diagnosed with ALS,” he continued with a brave face.

With a hopeful tone, he added, “Because my symptoms progressed slowly from the start, we believe they will continue to progress slowly in the future.”

“God willing, I plan to rock with these amazing people for many years to come.”

Serious diagnosis:

Serious diagnosis: “I have difficult news to share”, declared the singer at the beginning of the clip. He was joined by his ‘siblings’

A member of the group standing to his right added: “Technology and research around treatments for ALS have advanced, but we still don’t have a cure.

“Thank you so much for your prayers and for helping us cure ALS,” he concluded in the one-minute excerpt.

The recording came with a blue and white logo that featured a graphic of the musical artist’s profile as well as a number to text for additional information.

It was composed of an excerpt from the song Good Morning, Believers! by John, with Emily Saliers.

Symptoms :

Symptoms: “Over the past few years I’ve noticed balance issues and some stiffness in my hands,” he continued, explaining

The band wrote in the caption, “An important video announcement from our brother @johndriskellhopkins.” Hop on a Cure for ALS, together.

It was shared as a joint message between the band and the leader and they urged followers to “text HOP to 345-345 or visit hoponacure.org to donate and learn more.”

An Instagram page for the new Hop On A Cure initiative has been tagged.

Full of hope:

Hopeful: “God willing, I plan to rock with these amazing people for many years to come,” he said in the excerpt

ALS stands for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and is described as “a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord”, by als.org.

The condition causes muscles to break down over time, losing function in the process.

Zac Brown Band formed in 2005 and the musicians have enjoyed an illustrious career in country music over the years.

Family: Zac Brown Band formed in 2005 and has an illustrious career in country music;  seen at iHeart Country Festival 2022

Family: Zac Brown Band formed in 2005 and has an illustrious career in country music; seen at iHeart Country Festival 2022

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