Do you think one person really can make a difference?
When we first heard about Steve Gleason, we were truly inspired by his positive attitude amid his terminal illness. The legendary New Orleans Saints football player has been living with Lou Gehrig’s Disease over the past three years.
Well known for his blocked punt in a 2006 game that became a symbol of recovery in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, Steve revealed in 2011 that he was diagnosed with ALS.
Often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Basically, it’s a death sentence.
I am all too well acquainted with this degenerative disease that traps a person’s mind and soul into a motionless body — my own father died of ALS at the age of 54.
While Steve continues to inspire all of us, he’s taking his message one step further. Speaking through adaptive software, Steve is calling for a cure to this deadly disease.
“As big as ALS is, with enough support and a large scale unified collaboration, we believe that ALS can be solved,” Steve tells WWLTV.
Through his foundation, Team Gleason, Steve is starting Answer ALS – a council of patients, caregivers, doctors, researcher scientists, and pharmaceutical companies to find new therapies for treatment, like using stem cells, and coordinate the search for a cure.
But they are going to need funding — and we’re talking big bucks.