WATCH: Ellen DeGeneres' Tearful Offer to LA Firefighter with ALS

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November 12, 2019 - 7:33 am

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Ex-NFL player Eric Stevens, who became an L.A. firefighter, is getting some help after he was diagnosed with the fatal neuromuscular disease ALS also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. 

According to the ALS Foundation, the cost of supportive care for an advanced ALS patient can run more than $200,000 a year, including lost wages.

Then Ellen DeGeneres decided to get involved to help Eric Stevens and his family and support a fundraiser for him on Nov. 23.

“First and foremost we want to raise money for Eric’s treatment,” said Eric’s cousin, Amber Stevens, an event production coordinator who volunteered to organize a Nov. 23 fundraiser for Eric at Seaside Lagoon. “We want to create a legacy event, something that Eric can put his name toward.”

Stevens and his wife say the help they've received has been overwhelming.