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April 20, 2021

Facing an ALS Diagnosis

​Steve was a successful businessman who was diagnosed with ALS. His prognosis is grim, but from that ordeal he’s developed a new ministry. You’ll hear Steve’s story—and we’ll follow-up with Mary Sweeney who lost her husband, Bill, to ALS a few months ago. Encouragement for those facing an ALS diagnosis—on Chris Fabry Live.



Steve Cochlan
Steve Cochlan

Steve Cochlan

Steve Cochlan is founder of ALS Family of Faith, a ministry that seeks to provide comfort and hope for all individuals who are involved and impacted with ALS. He founded The Cochlan Group, inc. (and its wholly-owned subsidiary Bank Consulting Group, inc.) in 1998 and served as its President and Chief Executive Officer until September 2019, at which time he sold the company. Steve has served on the Board of Cornerstone University and continues to serve on the board of Fellowship of Christian Athletes (Wrestling). He is also a significant contributor to a number of not-for-profit organizations and ministries. Steve and his wife, Susan, have three children ‒ Cullen, Stephanie, and Cassidy.

Mary Sweeney
Mary Sweeney

Mary Sweeney

Mary Sweeney's husband, Bill, was diagnosed with a terminal disease called Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) in October 1996, just weeks after his 36th birthday, and Mary was his caregiver throughout his battle. Though given 3-5 years to live, Bill battled the disease for 24 years and passed away on December 30, 2020, at age 60. Mary and Bill have two daughters, one son-in-law, and three grandchildren.

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Chris Fabry

Chris Fabry is the host of Chris Fabry Live, one hour of spiritual encouragement from his backyard radio fence. The program challenges listeners to think biblically about their spiritual journeys. Chris is also the author of the Christy Award-winning novel Dogwood, June Bug, ECPA Christian Book Award-winner (Fiction) Almost Heaven, Not in the Heart and Borders of the Heart. He and his family live near Tucson, Ariz.

Chris Fabry Live

Chris Fabry Live is designed to build up the spiritual immune system of the Christian men and woman. As you walk through the journey of faith called the Christian life, you meet new people, learn new things, laugh, cry and, most importantly, grow in your understanding of God.