I've really enjoyed watching the ALS Icebucket challenge take off throughout the country. I'm also happy I was challenged, got to move it forward by challenging others, and made a donation.
I've also taken the time to talk with people who have participated in the challenge. It seems college age folks and younger don't know exactly what ALS is and who Lou Gerhig was. I'm using this blog to spread the word.
Lou Gehrig was a baseball great who played for the New York Yankees. He was stricken down by a disease that caused him to stop playing and eventually die. Here is the speech he made at a game where he was honored:
Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about a bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.
I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans. Look at these grand men. Which of you wouldn’t consider it the highlight of his career just to associate with them for even one day?
Sure I’m lucky.
Who wouldn’t consider it an honor to have known Jacob Ruppert? Also, the builder of baseball’s greatest empire, Ed Barrow? To have spent six years with that wonderful little fellow, Miller Huggins? Then to have spent the next nine years with that outstanding leader, that smart student of psychology, the best manager in baseball today, Joe McCarthy?
Sure I’m lucky.
When the New York Giants, a team you would give your right arm to beat, and vice versa, sends you a gift - that’s something. When everybody down to the groundskeepers and those boys in white coats remember you with trophies -- that’s something.
When you have a wonderful mother-in-law who takes sides with you in squabbles with her own daughter -- that’s something.
When you have a father and a mother who work all their lives so you can have an education and build your body -- it’s a blessing.
When you have a wife who has been a tower of strength and shown more courage than you dreamed existed -- that’s the finest I know.
So, I close in saying that I might have been given a bad break, but I've got an awful lot to live for.
On my icebucket challenge, I sent a challenge out to my cousin, Brian Williams, who is a physical therapist in Denver Colorado. Brian lost a good friend, Pat George, to this terrible disease. Here is a piece that ran featuring Pat's story. I hope this helps you learn more about ALS:
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