Zac Brown Band's John Driskell Hopkins opens up about getting diagnosed with ALS.

Here I sit down with Zac Brown Band founding member, John Driskell Hopkins who is using his stage to help bring awareness to ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. John was diagnosed with ALS, a terminal illness with no cure in 2021. John, also known as Hop, decided to go public with his ALS hoping his reach could result in awareness, action and ultimately support for an ALS cure. He and his wife, Jennifer formed the Hop On A Cure organization which supports promising ALS research. In this episode, I chat with John about, his start in music, how he became a part of the award winning Zac Brown Band and how he noticed something wasn’t right with his health on tour. He shares intimate details about his thoughts right after diagnosis, telling his family, his daughters and more. I chat with Jennifer about their foundation, Hop on a Cure. John continues to perform and record with the Zac Brown Band as they are currently on tour. Thank you for listening and sharing with a friend to bring HOPE to all of us living with ALS.

Hugs, Lorri

About Lorri Carey

On Friday the 13th, February 2004 at the age of 37, I was told I have ALS. I’m dying from ALS, yet I’m so encouraged to live life to the fullest. I’ve been inspired by so much to stay focused on the positive. I’m dying to tell you about what gives me strength, makes me smile and keeps me hopeful – in hopes of inspiring you too!


  1. Linda Greenberg on June 30, 2023 at 9:45 pm

    I found out about you at my first Clinic visit this week. I was diagnosed in April, and still haven’t wrapped my head around it. I want to focus on positive thinking, stay as active as I can in my
    daily life, and could use some guidance. I haven’t shared my diagnosis with anyone except my husband, but I’m sure that’s going to change soon. So far, I have one dropped foot. That’s the main issue that lead me down the testing path, a year ago. I would love to hear more about your journey, and what’s working for you, to remain active and positive. I’m doing PT twice a week, personal training also, so at least there’s that. Any direction you can offer I would appreciate! Thank you!

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