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, March 7, 2009

Can We All Display A Little Spark of Michael Goldsmith Action This Weekend?

All three major networks accept nominations for their news shows to feature uplifting stories of courageous Americans (e.g. ABC News Person of the Week, CBS Assignment America). PALS Michael Goldsmith who made the Major League Baseball 4 ALS campaign happen would be an excellent nominee.

Here's Michael Goldsmith starting this whole MLB thing...

We owe him much. For major networks to pay him tribute (and at the same time continue to build ALS awareness) would be fitting. How many people will be surprised to find out on July 4 that Lou Gehrig's Disease hasn't been cured in all these years? We will owe Michael Goldsmith much for bringing that to the public in such a fitting setting as America's ballparks.

So... How about sending a message to Charlie and Brian and Katie today to clue them in on quite a talented and courageous PALS who knows how to get things done? We can all display a small spark of Michael Goldsmith by sending messages to those news outlets. Hundreds and thousands of suggestions will make the story rather compelling for them to feature.

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    A law professor with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, has spurred Major League Baseball to raise money for research in an event on July 4, the 70th anniversary of the baseball great’s farewell speech.

    Michael Goldsmith, 57, is a law professor at Brigham Young University and a former mob prosecutor. He learned he had the progressively paralyzing disorder in September 2006, the New York Times reports. In November 2008, he wrote a column for Newsweek urging baseball to make July 4 ALS-Lou Gehrig Day in an effort to raise money for a cure.

    Goldsmith wrote that his decline has been steady but slow. “After holding endless pity parties for myself, I decided—not entirely successfully—to transform myself from victim to ALS funding advocate,” he said in the Newsweek article. But he didn’t come up with the baseball fundraising idea until he attended a Baltimore Orioles fantasy baseball camp.

    Goldsmith was profiled in November articles in the Deseret News and the New York Times.

    Gehrig’s speech will be read at the seventh-inning stretch at all major league ballparks where games are being played on July 4, according to Thirty ball clubs will auction items worn by players to raise money, and MLB will also make a contribution, the Times says.