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Tuesdays with Morrie actors sew puppets for disease charity

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Actors Chin Shih-chieh (金士傑) and Pu Hsueh-liang (卜學亮) yesterday participated in a charity event for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis patients and tried their hand at making sock dolls.

Chin and Pu played Morrie Schwartz and Mitch Albom in the Godot Theatre Company's (果陀劇場) adaptation of Albom's 1997 memoir, “Tuesdays with Morrie.” In the memoir and stage adaptation, Albom recounts the lessons he learned from visiting former professor Schwartz, who was dying of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a terminal disease caused by the degeneration of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement. The disease is also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Chin stated yesterday that while acting as Schwartz, he was able to understand the pains of patients ridden with the disease, while he attempted to sew sock puppets with ALS patients.

“I respect how they are able to face their illnesses with a positive attitude ... if I had ASL, I would probably choose to run away. It is easy to live without having to struggle; what is difficult is fighting for your life,” said Chin.

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Actor Chin Shih-chieh (金士傑), left, sews sock puppets with fellow actor Pu Hsueh-liang (卜學亮), yesterday, in a charity event for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis patients. (CNA)

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