ST. PETERSBURG, FL (via ALS Association) – On Sunday, August 17, 2014, Tropicana Field will become Lou Gehrig’s house, when the Tampa Bay Rays take on the New York Yankees for the annual ALS Awareness Game at 1:40pm. ALS supporters will sit together in a special section and the ticket purchase price includes a t-shirt. To order tickets, visit www.ALSAFL.org.
Rays fans will root not only for Longoria and Price, but also for those who have fought or continue to fight for their lives– people with ALS live on average only 2-5 years after diagnosis. The Tampa Bay Rays and The ALS Association Florida Chapter hope that the game will increase awareness of ALS, and the difficulties faced daily by people living with the insidious disease. Nearly 500 supporters of The ALS Association Florida Chapter are expected to attend, all wearing commemorative Lou Gehrig 75th anniversary “Strike out ALS” t-shirts. Gehrig retired from baseball with an emotional farewell speech on July 4, 1939.
In the 75 years since Gehrig lost his life to the disease that now bears his name, there’s still no known cause, treatment or cure for ALS. To kick off the game, Rays’ play-by-play announcer, Andy Freed, will read Lou Gehrig’s famous farewell speech, player David DeJesus will be featured in a special PSA, and an ALS patient will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
“The ALS Association Florida Chapter values our wonderful community partner, the Tampa Bay Rays,” said Kim Hanna, President and CEO of The ALS Association Florida Chapter. “We are hoping the game will act as a platform to spread awareness and reach those in the community who may not be aware of Lou Gehrig’s Disease or its devastating effects.”
Also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, ALS progressively paralyzes its victims, attacking nerve cells and pathways in the brain or spinal cord. Patients are robbed of the ability to walk, eat, speak, and eventually breathe.
About The ALS Association Florida Chapter
The ALS Association Florida Chapter offers care to people living with ALS in Florida and funds research to find the cause and cure for ALS. The Florida Chapter is part of a nationwide network of local chapters with the same vision – to create a world without ALS. Through care, advocacy, research, education and support, the Florida Chapter works to empower those in our state with Lou Gehrig’s Disease to live fuller lives. Every year, millions of dollars are invested in research, conducted by the best and brightest scientists in the world. As the only national not-for-profit health organization dedicated solely to the fight against ALS, The ALS Association gives help and hope to those facing a devastating disease. For more information, go to www.alsafl.org.
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