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106.7 The Fan plans to knock one out of the park at the first annual “Speak Out Against ALS” today, Tuesday, August 2.
All day today, 106.7 The Fan is hosting a radio telethon that culminates with the Fan’s pre-game show at Nationals’ Park.
Throughout the day, you’ll have the chance to ‘Speak Out Against ALS’ by making a donation and receiving a gift for your donation during the 8AM 11AM, and 4PM hours.
Plus, throughout the day, anyone who donates $500 or more will be entered to win an authentic Lou Gehrig replica jersey!
You can also ‘Speak Out’ by bidding on several unique experiences & items, including:
- Lineup Card Delivery Experience Package
- Bryce Harper Autographed Baseball
- Stephen Strasburg Autographed Baseball
- Ryan Zimmerman Autographed Bat
- Wilson Ramos Autographed Baseball
- Drew Storen Autographed Baseball
- Jordan Zimmermann Autographed Baseball
- Rick Ankiel Autographed Baseball
- Michael Morse Autographed Baseball
- Wilson Ramos Autographed 2010 Game Issue Jersey
- Sean Burnett Autographed 2010 Game Issue Jersey
- Autographed Game-Used Baseball
- Photo of Lou Gehrig w/ Joe DiMaggio from 1938 (reprint, of course)
Each year, over 5,600 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The life span for someone diagnosed with ALS is just two to five years; during that time, the disease slowly robs patients’ bodies of the ability to move, eventually paralyzing them completely and leaving them unable to speak while their minds remain sharp and clear.
“The ’Speak Out Against ALS’ event is an amazing opportunity to educate people about how many thousands of Americans are diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease each year and share the heartbreaking stories of life with ALS,” says Ronnie Gunnerson, Executive Director of the ALS Association – DC/MD/VA Chapter.
The ALS Association – DC/MD/VA Chapter provides services and support to over 522 patients within the service region. These services include assistive technology devices, social worker visits, medical equipment loan closet, transportation grants, respite care grants and many other services. All of the Chapter’s services are provided free of charge to people living with ALS (PALS). Radio listeners will have a chance to help create a world without Lou Gehrig’s disease by donating to the ALS Association – DC/MD/VA Chapter online at www.alsinfo.org. Tickets to the game through the Chapter are available by calling 301-978-9855 or on the website as well.
The mission of the ALS Association is to improve the quality of life for PALS in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia while raising public awareness and support for finding a cure. The DC/MD/VA Chapter is based in Rockville, MD with an office in Richmond, VA.
Lou Gehrig’s “Luckiest Man Alive” Speech
“Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of this earth. I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans.
“Look at these grand men. Which of you wouldn’t consider it the highlight of his career just to associate with them for even one day? Sure, I’m lucky. Who wouldn’t consider it an honor to have known Jacob Ruppert? Also, the builder of baseball’s greatest empire, Ed Barrow? To have spent six years with that wonderful little fellow, Miller Huggins? Then to have spent the next nine years with that outstanding leader, that smart student of psychology, the best manager in baseball today, Joe McCarthy? Sure, I’m lucky.
“When the New York Giants, a team you would give your right arm to beat, and vice versa, sends you a gift – that’s something. When everybody down to the groundskeepers and those boys in white coats remember you with trophies – that’s something. When you have a wonderful mother-in-law who takes sides with you in squabbles with her own daughter – that’s something. When you have a father and a mother who work all their lives so you can have an education and build your body – it’s a blessing. When you have a wife who has been a tower of strength and shown more courage than you dreamed existed – that’s the finest I know.
“So I close in saying that I may have had a tough break, but I have an awful lot to live for.”