Life is difficult. Not just for me or other ALS patients. Life is difficult for everyone. Finding ways to make life meaningful and purposeful and rewarding. I think that’s the meaning of the this human experience. – Steve Gleason
Steve Gleason was a member of the New Orleans Saints for 8 seasons. During that time, he became a hero in the city of New Orleans because of a blocked punt during the Saints first game back in the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina. Not only did Steve Gleason’s blocked punt become a sports legend, but it also symbolized the Rebirth of the city of New Orleans. That play would later be memorialized as a statue in front of the Superdome.
Steve Gleason retired shortly after that legendary season, but instead of traveling the world like he had planned, he received a devastating diagnosis in 2011…he had ALS.
Instead of giving up and disappearing to die quietly, Steve Gleason fought back and founded Team Gleason. Steve wanted to prove that not only can ALS patients live long lives, but they can thrive while doing so. Steve Gleason hopes to inspire others to do the same.
Team Gleason provides patients with ground breaking technology, especially eye-tracking technology that allows ALS patients to communicate even after ALS has stoled their ability to speak. Steve Gleason also rallies for finding a cure for ALS. He does all this while giving the public a very private look at the challenges he faces everyday while battling ALS.
And never having given up on his dreams of traveling, Steve Gleason has funds ways to travel the globe and bring other ALS patients along for the journey.
Steve Gleason performs all these duties through kindness and will power. But Team Gleason is unable to fulfill the needs of other ALS patients without proper funding and donations. The more people learn about ALS, the more they will realize that it is not right that thousands of people a year succumb to ALS. More people will realize that ALS patients shouldn’t have to go away quietly. No white flags will be shown in the battle against ALS.