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Local bank president retires due to disease

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The president of Marathon Savings Bank in Wausau retired Friday. He worked there for 39 years.

Bob Brooks says this retirement came earlier than expected after being diagnosed with a disease that would change his life.

Bob Brooks started his career as a teller at Marathon Savings Bank in Wausau.

"I needed a job after college and I never expected to stay this long," said Brooks.

Several years later he worked his way up to the top.

"I've been president for the last 18 years," he said.

 For more than 39 years, Brooks called the bank his home away from home. He even got to work there with his daughter.

But last summer things took a turn.

"I was diagnosed last August with ALS.

That stands for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

"It actually has impacted my speech," said Brooks.

 He says the disease has made it difficult to work.

"I can't put in the kind of hours I need to to do this job right," he said.

 But that's not all.

 "It's a degenerative disease and at the present time there is no known cure for it," said Brooks.

 Brooks says doctors told him he has about three to five years to live. But he says he that won't bring him down.

"I wake up and say I'm going to be okay," said Brooks.

 He said he will miss his staff and customers most.

"I will miss this place," said Brooks.  

He says it's now time to make the most of the rest of his life.

"I look forward to spending time with my family and my grandchildren," he said.

Brooks says he hopes to get into some clinical trials to help find a cure for Lou Gehrig's Disease.

 

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