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Gleason launches effort to cure ALS

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Three years ago, most assumed that Steve Gleason’s ALS diagnosis would be a footnote to the most memorable play in Saints’ history.  Now, Gleason’s blocked punt that reopened the Superdome a year after a hurricane ravaged New Orleans could be the footnote to a much bigger legacy.

Gleason has become a powerful and effective advocate against ALS, raising money and launching initiatives aimed at fighting a disease that gradually shuts down the body while never touching the mind.  As explained by Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Gleason has taken on his most ambitious project yet.

On Thursday, Gleason’s foundation announced Answer ALS, calling it “the single largest effort to end ALS in the history of the disease.”

It’s a major undertaking, and Gleason doesn’t flinch in the face of it.  He embraces it.

“[W]e are appealing to large investors, Fortune 500 leaders, and the world’s wealthiest individuals to be part of ridding the world of ALS, and hopefully other diseases along with it,” Gleason said at the press conference announcing the event.  “ALS has quietly affected and quickly taken away hundreds of thousands of people over the years.  We can stop this.

“Muhammad Ali once said, ‘Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in a world they’ve been given than to explore the power that they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare.’

“I am daring capable individuals to change the world we live in. I’m daring the world to step up and help solve ALS.”

Earlier this year, Saints owner Tom Benson donated $5 million to the effort.  There are plenty of people with as many or more resources that Benson.  Some of them (we think) read this site.  (Or maybe they hire people to read it for them.)

So why not respond to the dare from Gleason?  Click on the link and donate.  Or have that person you’ve hired do it for you.

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11 Responses to “Gleason launches effort to cure ALS”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 27, 2014 5:14 PM

    There’s Call of Duty, and then there’s going above and beyond the call of duty. One of which is not a game, but a quest.

  2. arminscopyofswank says: Jun 27, 2014 6:08 PM

    I wish Mr. Gleason all the success in the world.

  3. schrutebeetfarms says: Jun 27, 2014 6:54 PM

    if only someone would have thought to cure this earlier…..

  4. bucnblood says: Jun 27, 2014 6:55 PM

    I first learned of Steve Gleason through Pearl Jam. I have to say the guy is a true inspiration and a hero. Nothing but respect for Mr. Gleason. If anybody can do it he seems to be the guy to pull it off. Good Luck Steve.

  5. noladat says: Jun 27, 2014 7:41 PM

    Steve was one of my favorite players when he played tough and gave it all.

    Now he has become one of my favorite humans. No wonder he made it in the nfl with limited athletic ability. He has drive like no other man. Wish him all the luck in finding a cure. Donate what you can afford it will help. If the nfl got behind his cause it would go a long way.

  6. chad504boy says: Jun 27, 2014 8:17 PM

    Goodell should donate a million, he needs a PR boost

  7. mrtullymars says: Jun 27, 2014 9:54 PM

    God bless Steve Gleason.

  8. flannlv says: Jun 28, 2014 12:10 AM

    I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for the NFL to donate money to this worthy cause. They exploit their relationships with their “partners” such as breast cancer awareness and the military. Do a little research to find out exactly what % of sales of the merchandise actually goes to the various causes.

  9. clashpoint says: Jun 28, 2014 6:02 AM

    Lou Gehrig just looked down and smiled.

  10. doubleogator says: Jun 28, 2014 10:44 AM

    Steve Gleason has the heart of a saint and the strength of a gladiator. A very special person before his illness, and throughout his illness…

  11. toleshed says: Jun 30, 2014 12:55 PM

    Thank you so much!

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