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June 24, 2013

about Team Gleason

Stephen Michael Gleason was born on March 19, 1977 in Spokane, Washington. He attended Gonzaga Preparatory School, where he earned consecutive Greater Spokane League (GSL) Defensive MVP awards. From 1997-1999 Steve played for Washington State University. In 1997, when Steve was a sophomore, Washington State won the Pac 10 conference and played against Michigan in the Rose Bowl. Gleason played for The New Orleans Saints from 2000-2008. He will always be remembered for his blocked punt on the night the Louisiana Superdome reopened for the first time after Hurricane Katrina.

Earlier this year Steve was diagnosed with ALS, considered a terminal neuro-muscular disease. Beyond his faith that there is a solution to heal, it is his mission to show that patients can not only live but thrive after this diagnosis. In doing so, he hopes to inspire others to do the same.

The Gleason Initiative Foundation
The Gleason Initiative is a charitable 501c3 non-profit corporation under the provisions of Louisiana Nonprofit Corporation Law.

The mission of The Gleason Initiative is to:

(1) Help provide individuals with muscular diseases or injuries with leading edge technology, equipment and services.

(2) Raise public awareness toward amyotrophic lateral sclerosis ALS by providing and documenting extraordinary life adventures for individuals with muscular diseases or injuries.

All Donations to The Gleason Initiative are tax deductible within the guidelines of state and federal law.

"to fight and believe and expect the extraordinary and smile and laugh and cry and love our lives for every breath that remains in my body."
- Steve Gleason