Really cool stuff here. Steve Gleason, who’s story has been highly publicized as he’s been battling ALS since 2011, will be the first NFL player to recieve the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor a civilian can be awarded. The amount of work his foundation has done for ALS research has been truly staggering, and seeing his battle and the positive outlook he has maintained throughout this arduous process is incredibly inspiring. I got a chance to see Steve Gleason come on stage at a Pearl Jam concert in Chicago, and the message he delivered really helped put some things in perspective for me.
ALS is absolutely fucking terrible. It’s heart wrenching seeing this disease takes away virtually everything from the people who suffer from it. Steve Gleason was an incredible two sport athlete at Washington State, and he’s obviously a shell of his former self physically. After Katrina, Gleason helped put the city of New Orleans on his back to start the healing process.
Although very sad and heart wrenching, Gleason’s story is as inspirational as they come. Frequently, stories like these don’t have a happy ending, so it’s refreshing to see that Steve Gleason will be honored and recognized not just by New Orleans, but by the entire country. If you’re looking for a feel good story to watch this weekend before the holidays, look no further than Gleason’s documentary, Gleason. It’s well worth the hour and a half time investment.. just make sure you have a couple boxes of Kleenex at arm’s reach.