Steve Gleason, the former Saints safety who was diagnosed with ALS earlier this year, was in New Orleans this weekend for his Gleason Gras fundraiser. He was also honored during last night's game, in an emotional moment for his fans, friends, and teammates. It was a great opportunity to raise money for a good cause, and raise awareness of a deadly and misunderstood disease.
Someone needs to raise Reggie Bush's awareness. Bush, who played alongside Gleason for two seasons, Tweeted this last night:
There is no known cure for ALS.
Over time, people with ALS progressively lose the ability to function and care for themselves. Death often occurs within 3 - 5 years of diagnosis. About 25% of patients survive for more than 5 years after diagnosis.
Get well soon, Steve!