Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis(ALS) or Lou Gehrig Disease as people in America sometimes refer to it, is a neurodegenerative disorder that weakens the muscles, greatly reducing their physical functions until they are no longer able to sustain essential body function, leading to the person’s death. According to studies, more than five thousand people are diagnosed with ALS every year in the United States, out of which less than 20% have a chance of surviving the first 5 years after the diagnosis.
At this point in time, nobody is yet sure what exactly
causes the disease, a disease which affected a lot of people throughout the years, including a few very famous ones. Over the next few minutes, we will remind ourselves of the ten most famous people with ALS who ever lived.
8Stephen Michael ‘Steve’ Gleason (March 1977)
Steve is a former professional football player. He was originally signed by the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent until 2000. During the 2007 season, he played for the Saints, with which he had quite a bit of success. He is mainly known for his blocked punt in a 2006 game. Stephen also became a symbol of recovery in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. It was in 2011 that he revealed that he was battling ALS for many years until that point.