Rare Disease Forces Popular Teacher to Retire

Steve Birdsall, 51, is the type of teacher both parents and kids want -- strict, but fun and caring enough to write his students letters after they've moved on to middle school. But when a rare disease derailed his teaching career and forced him to retire from his job at Maple Hills Elementary School in Issaquah, Wash., the town, faced with losing one of its everyday heroes, rallied to support Birdsall. Thatdisease, Multiple Systems Atrophy, developed rapidly. "To explain how fast it...Full Story
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