Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush recently took to Twitter to wish his old New Orleans Saints teammate, Steve Gleason, a speedy recovery from his illness. The gesture was a kind one, no doubt, but a little out-of-touch given the fact that Gleason suffers from ALS – an incurable illness.
Gleason is a former Saints safety who announced his ALS diagnosis earlier this year. This past weekend he put on a fundraiser for his Gleason Gras organization and was honored during Monday night’s game between the Saints and New York Giants.
Most experts agree that death typically occurs 3-5 years after the diagnosis of ALS, with patients tending to lose the ability to care for themselves over the course of that period. Only 25 percent of patients survive for more than five years after getting their diagnosis.
(Kudos to Deadspin for the find).