NFL Star Gets Fatal Diagnosis and Begins Making Videos for Unborn Son

Aug 24, 2016 at 3:42 pm |

A truly heroic story

Remember two summers ago when your Facebook feed was filled with nothing but videos of people dumping buckets of ice water on each other? The “Ice Bucket Challenge” was an effort to raise awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). While we are 100% thankful that the challenge is over, it did raise millions of dollars to help get scientists that much closer to finding a cure for the disease.

Getting diagnosed with ALS is devastating for a family. The average survival time of someone suffering with the disease is two to five years. When this NFL player was diagnosed, he was determined to make the most out of the time left with his wife and family. He also began to document his life in video, a gift to his unborn son.

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 30: Former NFL player Steve Gleason attends the Social Innovation Summit May 2013 - Day Two on May 30, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Social Innovation Summit)

Credit: Cindy Ord/Getty Images

There is no triumph greater than the triumph of the human spirit.

Grab the tissues because we are sobbing.