Lou Gehrig's Disease - Motor Neuron Disease - Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Thought it had been cured by now? Still no known cause. Still no cure. Still quickly fatal. Still outrageous.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Lou Who?

From the New York Times this morning --
Bill Werber, Infielder Who Played With Ruth, Is Dead at 100

Bill Werber, a link to the Yankees of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, the leadoff hitter in the first major league baseball game to be televised and the oldest living former big leaguer, died Thursday in Charlotte, N.C. He was 100.
As we lose our living links to the man who gave ALS a name that people could finally remember, we need to make a concerted effort to keep Lou Gehrig's memory alive. If we don't, a generation who never knew anyone who saw him play will think that he was just another athlete who got sick a long time ago.

Perhaps it's time for a Lou Gehrig History Project that would include pre-built lessons for schools, essay contests, revivals of Pride of the Yankees, tie-ins with Little League Baseball, promotion of Gehrig biographies, ...

This is a crucial moment to prevent generations from losing an understanding of Lou and the tragedy (and travesty) of ALS.

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