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The first Gleason Gras happens today

Steve Gleason AP

On Monday night, the Saints will host the Giants on Monday Night Football.  A day before attending the game, folks in New Orleans will be able to attend Gleason Gras, an event aimed at raising awareness for ALS and funds to assist the treatment of former Saints player Steve Gleason, and to eventually provide for his family.

ALS, an extremely serious health condition in which the patient gradually loses the ability to control his body, has been tied in recent years to repeated head trauma.

As explained by Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the music festival, which could become an annual event, includes a tent in which Saints players will be signing autographs.  Held in Champions Square, Gleason Gras begins at 11:00 a.m. CT.

“I’m looking at the Gleason Gras as the intermission between Act 1 and Act 2, or the closing scene in Act 1,” Gleason told Duncan.  “The vision of this thing is to go national or global in terms of raising awareness.  We realize we can have an impact in the course that this disease will take and have the ability to raise enough awareness to help find a solution.”

Last month, Gleason’s wife, Michel Varisco, gave birth to their first child, Rivers Varisco Gleason.  “I’m very lucky to be able to bring my son into such an amazing, loving family environment,” Gleason said.  “We’re united about purpose, goal, family.  That’s the thread that runs through everything.  We’re all a part of this.”

For more information about the effort, visit the Team Gleason website.

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7 Responses to “The first Gleason Gras happens today”
  1. flyerscup2010 says: Nov 27, 2011 10:36 AM

    ALS is horrific, and I wish people would keep it in mind when they complain about the NFL not being “tough” anymore for cracking down on illegal headshots. ALS is directly linked to concussions, as are other horrific ailments like alzheimer’s, dementia and parkinson’s.

    this is a great cause. here’s to a cure, or even a treatment, since that has yet to even be found.

  2. saints25 says: Nov 27, 2011 10:41 AM

    “Great Job PFT “…Hope they raise alot of money today.Ya’ll know the food will be great.:-)

  3. afty2001 says: Nov 27, 2011 10:50 AM

    ALS is a tragic disease. I lost my father to this disease. It needs to get more awareness. In my opinion it does not get the pub that it deserves. Awesome that they are doing this for him.

  4. egomaniac247 says: Nov 27, 2011 10:57 AM

    I wish them the best of luck. That guy is a celebrity in New Orleans. What a play that was…..dude came running through the line like the ultimate warrior running down to the ring.

  5. goawayeverybody says: Nov 27, 2011 11:13 AM

    Best of luck Steve!

  6. jeffperk says: Nov 27, 2011 11:50 AM

    Great job PFT, but how come I dont see any stories about former Ravens LB/ST & SB XXXV Champion OJ Brigance? He’s been dealing w/ this terrible disease longer & w/ a very brave face, still trying to help others!

  7. joelvis72 says: Nov 27, 2011 12:49 PM

    Again, what kind of goat gives a “thumbs down” to a story like this?

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