“ALS Hero” is a series focusing on highlighting notable PALS who have made an impact on their communities and the world at large.
In 2006 Steve Gleason was responsible for one of the most notable moments in New Orleans Saints’ history- his blocked punt in the Louisiana superdome, which had opened for the first time since Hurricane Katrina. Less than five years later, in 2011, Steve was diagnosed with ALS.
Since then, Steve has become an unwavering advocate for fellow PALs. Thanks to his push for technological advances to help those with ALS, Microsoft developed power wheelchairs that could be controlled via eye-tracking software. This is an amazing feature for people who have become weakened or paralyzed by the disease. Besides pushing for better tech Steve is also heavily invested in progressive research, holding the world’s largest coordinated and collaborative ALS research project in 2014. In 2016 his documentary “Gleason”, detailing his life with ALS, premiered at that year’s Sundance Festival to critical acclaim.
Now, our ALS Advocacy team is working with others to help secure Steve Gleason the Congressional Gold Medal. After all Steve has done to spread awareness and help his fellow PALS around the world, we think it’s well deserved! Want to assist us in this effort? Contact your House leader to request they sign on as a co-sponsor. Learn more here: https://www.honorgleason.com/contact
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