As the 4th of July marks the day of our Country’s Independence, this 4th of July also marks another important anniversary. It was on this day 75 years ago that Lou Gehrig gave his iconic speech, considering himself “The luckiest man on the face of the earth,”announcing his retirement from Baseball because he was diagnosed with ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease).
Quick Fact on ALS…There is roughly 30,000 people in the United States that have been diagnosed with ALS.
Within 75 years, there has been countless studies, much advancements in technology, and plenty awareness raised on this disease.
But one thing remains the same…There still is NO cure for ALS.
So as we come together this Fourth with Family and Friends, let this be a thought that we can embrace throughout the day. Be thankful for what this day means while keeping in mind those that have to take on and battle ALS on a daily basis.
With that said…..
There will be a cure found. When that day does come, will you be able to say you were a part of it in one way or another? Even if we are a part in the seemingly smallest of ways, keep in mind that it all adds up to make a difference.
As a tribute, Major League Baseball will be joining forces with different ALS organizations to raise awareness for ALS along with donating $300,000 to these organizations that are leading the fight against this disease.
If you would like to be a part of giving back, here are a few options. Remember, Even the smallest helps:
1. Our Good Friends with Team Good Folks just recently participated in the Tri-State Trek, which is a 3 day 270 Mile Bike Ride from Massachusetts to Connecticut. The purpose of this ride is to raise funds for ALS research. As a past participant in this Ride, it is an extremely inspirational journey that joins a community of people who are all riding in support of those with ALS. There is also a fundraising goal for this Trek. To help Team Good Folks reach their goal, click here to donate.
2. If you have been following Mind.Set.Go., you know we have done some fundraising for Team Gleason. Steve Gleason, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2011, has been an inspiration to myself along with a millions of others across the world. His choice to Live with ALS and fight to better the lives of others with ALS is something to take notice of. To donate directly to Team Gleason, click here.
3. One last option is to simply purchase a Mind.Set.Go. Tee, in which 15% of all sales will be donated back to Team Gleason. I know I’ll be reppin my Keep Rolling Tee today, so if you would like one, you can place on order through our Facebook Page on your computer by clicking on the “Shop Now” tab on the Mind.Set.Go. Facebook Page. Simply click here. (This option is not yet available through mobile phone)
So whatever you choose to do, Have a Happy 4th and keep those in mind that are battling ALS head on.
Before I go, I would like to leave you with 2 quotes:
1. “Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. That I might have been given a bad break, but I’ve got an awful lot to live for.” – Lou Gehrig
2. “We all face adversity and tragedy and need inspiration and motivation to Keep Rolling.” – Steve Gleason
Thank you for taking the time to view this.
Happy 4th of July…..
Have a Great Day. Be Safe. And as our Good Friend Big Mick Stein would like to remind everyone, Stay away from Drinking and Driving.
Think Positive. We’ve got an awful lot to live for.
Think Positive. Keep Rolling.