Thank you for the chance to say a few words to you tonight about ALS and the important research being done to find a cure.
ALS is a rare neuromuscular disease that affects about 1 in 100,000 people.
While its cause is still unknown, and the cure remains elusive, we celebrate the progress that’s been achieved by making May “ALS Awareness month”.
We do so as a tribute to a player who, at the height of his career, announced to the world on May 2nd, 1939, that he would be leaving his position as Captain of the Yankees.
The sudden shock of seeing an athlete go from a 363 average to only 4 hits in the first 8 games of the ’39 season gave the world a dramatic example of how quickly ALS can progress, and that no one, not even The Iron Horse, could fight it.
I am referring, of course to Lou Gehrig and the disease that bears his name.
When he made his famous speech, he said he was lucky.
He said it was because of the love and support from his family, friends, and fans, that he could face ALS as he did the game of baseball: with heart and a winning attitude.
Today, the MDA and the University of Rochester Medical Center, are helping ALS patients like myself face this disease, the same way Lou Gehrig did – and to live each day to its fullest.
On behalf of the MDA, I ‘d like to thank all the fans of the Rochester Red Wings that are here tonight for your support, and encourage you to do what you can to support ALS research to help us find a cure.