Ben Merck

Sheyenne High School Student Passes Away from ALS

His father, Mark Merck, shared the sad news on his Facebook page.

WEST FARGO, ND — Sheyenne High School sophomore Ben Merck passed away this morning. Ben was diagnosed with ALS in October. His father, Mark Merck, shared the sad news on his Facebook page. Friends, Our beloved Ben passed away this morning. We would like to thank the community for all the love and support they’ve shown to us during Ben’s…

15-Year-Old West Fargo Boy Battling ALS Isn’t Giving Up

According to the CDC, less than 1 percent of those diagnosed with ALS are under the age of 40

WEST FARGO, N.D. — Step into 15–year–old Ben Merck’s bedroom, and you’ll see he’s not much different from other teenagers. Sports caps, sneakers and posters of his favorite athletes, fill the walls. But his struggle with a neurological disorder isn’t one many kids his age are familiar with. “Doctors have said, you know, ‘I didn’t believe it when I saw…