Confronting ALS, Ed Rapp adds $1 million to OSF HealthCare endowment

Ed Rapp, former group president at Caterpillar in Peoria, said that even though being diagnosed with ALS meant he couldn't finish out his career at the company he gave 37 years to, being able to make a difference at Caterpillar and in the world of ALS makes his a happy story. (Provided photo)

Ed Rapp is reminded every day, with every step he takes, that ALS is a part of his life. He prefers not to focus on the fear of what is to come, however. “I remind audiences that none of us is going to get out of this alive,” he recently told The Catholic Post during […]

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Faith, family strengthen Caterpillar executive Ed Rapp for challenges of ALS

Family has always been a priority for Ed Rapp, seen here with (from left) daughters Ali and Steph, wife Ann, grandson Cole Edward, daughter-in-law Katy, and son Jay. “For me now it’s not a question of going places, it’s a question of being with the people you want to be with,” he said. (Provided photo)

Ed Rapp has ALS. Learning that he had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis came as a total surprise to Rapp, group president of the Resource Industries Group at Caterpillar Inc. in Peoria. There is no cure for the disease, which affects the nervous system and impairs physical function. While ALS still raises more questions than answers for […]

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