Last month, we lost yet another NFL player to the devastating impact of ALS, which is commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Dwight Clark was an incredible football player and -- from all accounts – an even more impressive human being. Seeing Dwight’s life cut short – like that of my friend Kevin Turner just two years ago – hit home.
We also cannot ignore the impact that brain injury and disease has on depression. Although Junior Seau’s case is one of the more famous, a former teammate of mine – Chris Gedney – recently joined the ranks of the nearly 40 former NFL players who have committed suicide. Of the 111 former NFL players believed to have CTE, autopsies have revealed that 110 of them did.
For these reasons and others, I feel compelled to support organizations like Miracle for Mom. I had the pleasure of taking part in Miracle for Mom’s charity golf tournament this spring, and learning more about their fight to facilitate treatment and find cures for brain injuries and diseases like ALS, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, PSP, CBD and MSA. In the meantime, they also fund equipment and therapies that help families cope with the impact these debilitating diseases have on loved ones.
So as we all enjoy our summer vacations this year, I hope those of us who are able, remember groups like Miracle for Mom. Their work has never been more critical.
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