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    Lou Gehrig, The Iron Man

    Since we are inundated with bad news these days, we thought we would take a seventh inning stretch and share with you some good news. Today, Major League Baseball announced their decision to finally honor Lou Gehrig by helping fight the disease that bears his name, A.L.S. (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). They will partner with four organizations including A.L.S. Therapy Development Institute; Project A.L.S.; the A.L.S. Association; and M.D.A.’s Augie’s Quest.

    On July 4, 2009, 15 Major League ballparks will raise money and awareness for this disease that has no cure, exactly 70 years after the Hall of Fame first baseman passed away. All 30 teams playing that day will also auction off their uniforms that day to contribute to the fight.

    Many people helped convince Major League Baseball to hold this extraordinary event, but the fight was led by Michael Goldsmith, a law professor in Utah, who was diagnosed with this terrible disease in 2006. This effort is a great example of Americans “stimulating” Americans.

    Speaking of charitable giving, Arthur C. Brooks recently wrote a piece in the Wall Street Journal that detailed the disparate levels of charity between conservatives and liberals. He noted:

    “Over the past several years, studies have consistently shown that people on the political right outperform those on the left when it comes to charity. This pattern appears to have held — increased, even — in 2008.”

    This disparity is not tied to income but is rather analyzed as a percentage of income. And during difficult economic times, the percentage of income drops much faster for liberals as opposed to conservatives.  While the government debates spending a trillion dollars on pet projects, it is important to reinforce that people make the right personal decisions when they have more of their own money in their pocket

    Yankee Manager Joe McCarthy described Lou Gehrig as a “the finest example of a ballplayer, sportsman, and citizen that baseball has ever known”. While we may all not be the finest ballplayers, we can certainly all strive to be the finest citizens, and honor Lou in that way, every day.

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    5 Responses to The Luckiest Fans Alive

    1. Mike, Chicago says:

      Thanks for the update Rory – this is a great cause and I'm thankful MLB is stepping up to the plate in the battle against ALS!

    2. Amy, Rochester Hills says:

      Rory,

      Thank you for sharing this article with your readers. Today was a historic day for patients living with ALS today and those families who have lost a loved one to this insidious disease. The awareness and funding that will evolve out of this campaign will give hope to every person living with ALS and speed the pace of research being done to find a treatment or cure. To learn more about ALS TDI's mission to put an end to ALS visit http://www.als.net or to host a BBQ 4ALS visit http://www.als.net/mlb

    3. Kathleen Hansen, Che says:

      Yes, this is a great day for PALS, but most money seems to go to looking for a cure down the road.

      Those living with the disease today eventually have to decide to choose life on a vent or die. If you have dedicated family and are well off financially, the choice to live on vent can still allow for a good quality of life. For those without financial means and dedicated family, the choice is between a death sentence by suffocation without the vent or to be vented only to stay in bed in a hospital setting. I would like to see more money aimed at places like the ALS Residence at The Leonard Florence Center in Chelsea, MA that is currently under construction. There vented PALS will will live with dignity and have unprecedented freedom to roam!

    4. John Lanier; Bronx, says:

      No matter what other nations may think about our leader, and other elected officials,, American citizens are still the most generous people on the face of the earth,,.maybe they will think about that when we ask for help in different endeavors…..

    5. John Lanier; Bronx, says:

      No matter what other nations may think of our leader and other elected officials,,Americans are still the most generous people on the face of the earth

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