The Pet Tree House - Where Pets Are Family Too : Durham Man With ALS Uses Love Of Animals, Photography To Raise Money For Animal Shelters The Pet Tree House - Where Pets Are Family Too : Durham Man With ALS Uses Love Of Animals, Photography To Raise Money For Animal Shelters

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Durham Man With ALS Uses Love Of Animals, Photography To Raise Money For Animal Shelters


Rick Fisher has been capturing life through a lens since he worked on his high school yearbook. Now, with less than a year to live, he's creating a final love letter of sorts that will help others.

Fisher spends a lot of time in his wheelchair and wearing an oxygen mask. His lungs are only functioning at 50 percent.

"I always thought I was going to live to be like my dad," Fisher said. "He was 88. So, when you're 69 and someone tells you-you're not going to make it to your 70th birthday...that's pretty tough."

Fisher was told in March he only has 10 months to live. He has ALS, an unkind disease that robs the body of its strength and abilities.

"With so little time left, I shouldn't be able to swallow and I shouldn't be able to speak," he said.

But to Fisher, this is not a story of sadness, but of dedication and love.

"I celebrate every day," Fisher said. "When I get up, I say to Beth Fisher's wife 'It's going to be a good day!' and she says Why? I say, Well, first, I'm breathing. The second is I'm going to work in the studio all day!'"

Fisher can no longer operate a camera, but he can operate his computer. He clicks and creates. He sorts through some 50,000 photos, narrowing down each one.

To read more on this story, click here: Durham Man With ALS Uses Love Of Animals, Photography To Raise Money For Animal Shelters


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