SpongeBob SquarePants Creator Stephen Hillenburg Announces He Has ALS

Many of us here at The ALS Association are enormous fans of SpongeBob SquarePants. It has brought joy to millions of children – and adults – for a long time. So we were saddened to learn that SpongeBob creator Stephen Hillenburg has ALS, as he said in a statement to Variety. Here’s his statement:

“I wanted people to hear directly from me that I have been diagnosed with ALS. Anyone who knows me knows that I will continue to work on ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ and my other passions for as long as I am able. My family and I are grateful for the outpouring of love and support. We ask that our sincere request for privacy be honored during this time.”

You can read the Variety article here.

Our thoughts are with Stephen and his family. We are glad that SpongeBob will go on and look forward to someday finding out the secret formula in Krusty Krab’s delicious Krabby Patties…

2 thoughts on “SpongeBob SquarePants Creator Stephen Hillenburg Announces He Has ALS”

  1. I’m very sorry he has it but why are you spending your time and money announcing this. Many people are diagnosed with it, not just celebrities. I can read this in the regular newsfeeds and don’t need to be informed of it by you.



  2. Gosh our thoughts are with you and your family Stephen My youngest now 15 watched so much SpongeBob that people always asked where her accent was from!
    They put her in speech therapy!
    Lost my dad to ALS an Aunt and several friends too God be with you. Shine his face on you. You will be in our prayers. Your brilliant mind will be forever. Thank you for sharing. It will make a world of difference in the fight to cure ALS.


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