Former All-American Graham Harden, diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease in 2016, has been sharing his lacrosse skills by coaching both boys and girls lacrosse at Mariemont High School. He hopes to step back on the field this spring as coach. "If I don't show them that I can fight it, why would they do that on the field?" Harden asked.
In the midst of adversity, Gleason found purpose pouring his energy into Team Gleason. Among other things, his non-profit organization helps people with similar diagnosis continue crucial communication through technology.
Gleason and his wife Michel also used technology to preserve memories of their journey for their young son, Rivers. They soon realized their intimate family footage might benefit an audience beyond the three of them.
The former New Orleans Saints star, Steve Gleason, 39, is the subject of "Gleason," a film by the documentary veteran Clay Tweel that has been emptying packs of tissues on the film-festival circuit ahead of its release this summer by Amazon and "Spotlight" distributor Open Road. At a moment when many sports-centric tales are focused on off-field misdeeds or institutional delinquency, "Gleason" offers the opposite: a man of uncommon spiritual and psychological depth.
In select theaters July 29.
Kevin Turner was the star fullback for the Alabama Crimson Tide and he played in the NFL for the Patriots and Eagles until 1999. In May 2010, Kevin was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease, and after his tireless battle, sadly we lost Kevin on March 24th, 2016.
Former NFL fullback Kevin Turner died Thursday at age 46 after battling ALS for six years. He was a lead plaintiff in the class-action lawsuit that accused the NFL of hiding the dangers of head injuries.
According to his foundation's website, Turner was surrounded by family and friends at the time of his death.
A former Alabama standout who spent six NFL seasons with the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles, Turner was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, in 2010.
Since 2011, Steve Gleason has traveled to Machu Picchu, road-tripped from New Orleans to Alaska and started a nonprofit. He also became a consultant for Microsoft and collaborated on a movie that was accepted by the Sundance Film Festival — even though he gradually lost the ability to talk and became paralyzed except for his eyes.