http://www.ajc.com/news/cherokee/cherokee-man-with-als-578828.html?cxtype=rss_news_81960 What do you think? Garry Phebus, 62, said he was diagnosed in 2008 with Lou Gehrig's disease -- ALS or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. "I already have a death sentence, so whats the difference? Garry Phebus said. I had doctors and nurses telling me its unethical. But I dont have a life to live. The difference is taking organs from a living person is illegal and ethically wrong, said John Banja, an ethicist at the Center for Ethics at Emory University. "If we were to allow something like this to happen, even with the full consent of the patient,. we would be going down a slippery slope," Banja said. Assisted suicide is allowed in three states, but in Georgia it is illegal. Ive thought about this for a long time, Garry Phebus, sitting in front of a blank wall, says to the camera. Im not suicidal. I just. Its just a matter of time before I die. ... What better thing can I leave for other people? He said he has been tested and all of his organs are healthy and he repeats often that his blood is O positive, which means he can give to anyone regardless of their blood type.