WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - Former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason has received the Congressional Gold Medal for his work as an advocate for people with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
Steve Gleason, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) advocate and former New Orleans Saints player, delivers remarks after being presented with a Congressional Gold Medal during a ceremony honoring him in Statuary Hall at the Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in Washington. | Source: AP Photo / Manuel Balce Ceneta
It is the highest civilian honored bestowed by Congress.
The 42-year-old Gleason was diagnosed with ALS in 2011.
He says receiving the Congressional Gold Medal is a sublime honor that represents some joy, some encouragement and some triumphs for the tens of thousands of families living with ALS.
Gleason has spent the years since his diagnosis helping develop and provide technology to help ALS patients live longer, more fulfilling lives.
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