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Miracle Musician

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(before 2003)

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When Jason Becker was 19 years old, he was a very good guitar player. He was going to be a rock and roll star.

In 1989, he wanted to be in a new band. He practiced with them to see if they would hire him. At the same time, he noticed he had a limp when he walked.

The band liked how he played. They asked him to join their band. Jason then went to see the doctor about his limp. The doctor told him he had a disease. It is called A.L.S. or Lou Gehrig's disease.

Over the next 7 years, Jason lost the use of his legs and his hands. He also began losing the use of his vocal chords. His care needed full attention. His family and friends had to take care of him at all times. This meant that he could no longer play his guitar in a band.

However, this did not stop Jason. He got a computer and used it to make his music. It allowed him to create any sound he wanted. He made an album and a music video. It took five years to produce.

Jason says that music is what he wants to make for the rest of his life. His girlfriend wants to help him with it. His father is also helping but it is getting harder and harder for Jason to talk. For his mother, Jason is a hero because he has never given up.

Jason works with his brother and his friend to make a new album. His mother and father will support him for the rest of his life. They just want him to be happy.

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