Posts Tagged ‘ALS’

Toronto Maple Leafs legend and trailblazer Borje Salming revealed Wednesday that he has been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

The 71-year-old elaborated on his diagnosis in a statement issued through the team:

I have received news that has shaken my family and me. The signs that indicated that something was wrong in my body turned out to be the disease ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

In an instant, everything changed. I do not know how the days ahead will be, but I understand that there will be challenges greater than anything I have ever faced. I also recognize that there is no cure but there are numerous worldwide trials going on and there will be a cure one day. In the meantime, there are treatments available to slow the progression and my family and I will remain positive.

Since I started playing ice hockey as a little kid in Kiruna, and throughout my career, I have given it my all. And I will continue to do so. Right now, I rest assured that I have my loving family around me and the best possible medical care.

I understand that there are many of you that would like to reach out, however I kindly ask you to respect our privacy in these trying times. Please keep us in your prayers. When the time is right and I understand more about my condition and future journey, I will reach out. So, until such a time, we kindly refrain from all contact.

I hope you understand and respect our decision.

Salming’s career spanned from 1973-89, and he played all but one of his 17 seasons with the Maple Leafs. The man affectionately known as “The King” was one of the best and most productive defensemen of his time, and he paved the way for future Swedish players making the jump to the NHL.

The Hockey Hall of Fame inducted Salming in 1996, and the Leafs retired his No. 21 in 2008. He still holds several Maple Leafs franchise records, including most career goals and points by a defenseman and most career assists by any player. Salming also ranks fourth in club history in points with 768 in 1,099 games. He was voted one of the top 100 players in NHL history in 1997.

Salming also represented his country on numerous occasions, and the IIHF chose him as one of only six players on its Centennial All-Star team in 2008.

ALS is a degenerative disease that progressively affects muscle control and eventually leads to paralysis. There is currently no cure.

WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair caught up with former WCW and NFL star Steve “Mongo” McMichael this week and tweeted out some words of encouragement.

As noted last month, Mongo is currently battling ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. You can click here for details on his condition, with recent comments from the former Four Horseman.

Flair tweeted a photo with the former United States Champion this week and told him to keep on fighting the fight.

Flair wrote, “Let Me Hear The Biggest WOOOOO For Mongo On This WOOOOO Wednesday! Keep On Fighting The Fight My Friend! [red heart emoji]”

The “Team Mongo” GoFundMe campaign is close to hitting its goal of $176,000. You can donate to help pay for Mongo’s expenses by visiting this link.

Flair’s full tweet can be seen below:

As noted earlier, former WCW star and Chicago Bears Super Bowl Champion Steve “Mongo” McMichael has been diagnosed with ALS, better known as Lou Gerhig’s Disease.

McMichael’s friends have established a GoFundMe campaign, to help cover the mounting costs of his medical needs. AEW star Chris Jericho has donated $2,500 and is currently atop the list of donors.

The GoFundMe campaign has already raised nearly $75,000 out of the targeted $100,000.

McMichael is reportedly paralyzed from the shoulders down and his wife, Misty, feeds him and supports him with all hygiene needs. Though he is still able to walk, he will soon be fully confined to a wheelchair.

A two time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl Champion as part of the Chicago Bears, Steve “Mongo” McMichael later became a popular wrestler in WCW after retiring from football. Now at 63 years old he finds himself in the fight of his life.

In a story by the Chicago Tribune, McMichael was revealed to be suffering from the disease ALS, better known as Lou Gerhig’s Disease. Diagnosed in September during a visit to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, McMichael’s right and left arms were described in the article as “dead”, while his right and left legs have significantly weakened. He can no longer hold anything in his arms.

“I promise you,” McMichael said in regards to the disease. “This epitaph that I’m going to have on me now? This ain’t ever how I envisioned this was going to end.”

Though he is still able to walk, McMichael will soon be forced to be fully confined to a wheelchair. It is believed he has lost 50-60 lbs in the last several months and now requires constant are from his wife, Misty, and his daughter, Macy.

“What I used to be is the antithesis of what I am now,” he said. “This is a humbling thing, brother. I feel like a baby lying there whining, help me! Waaaaaa!’”

Despite all the hardships, McMichael is determined to handle the situation with the same humor and bravado he carried throughout his wrestling and football career. It is clear the disease has taken a mental toll as well though, even between the wisecracks.

“I’m not the provider anymore,” McMichael said, describing his inability to work to support his wife and daughter. “I’m just one of the animals. I’m last in line behind the chihuahua. We’re both waiting in line to go to the bathroom.”

Nevertheless McMichael is committed to fight, with the support of his family and former teammates, comparing his struggle to athletes trying out for the NFL Draft.

“That’s the ‘it’ they’re all looking for at all those scouting combines,” McMichael said. “That fight. You’re never going to stop bringing that (out of me).”

McMichael first joined WCW in 1995 as the color commentator for WCW Monday Nitro. He eventually transitioned to wrestling full time, becoming a member of the last two incarnations of the legendary Four Horsemen stable. He would win the WCW United States Championship in 1997 and remained in WCW until February of 1999.

McMichael also made an appearance at WrestleMania 11 in 1995, as one of the many football players cornering Lawrence Taylor for his match against Bam Bam Bigelow.


Colorado Rockies outfielder Sam Hilliard received quite a surprise Tuesday when his team played an exhibition game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field.

Hilliard’s parents and fiancee were allowed to attend the contest.

Hilliard’s father was diagnosed with ALS two years ago, so having his family at the game was an incredible moment for the 26-year-old native of Texas.

“It’s amazing that he can be here, especially the fact he’s in Texas,” Hilliard said before Tuesday’s game, according to Stephen Hawkins of The Associated Press.

“It’s going to be something else to look up there and see him. … Hopefully, I’ll get to interact a little bit with him after the game or something, get to see him. I haven’t seen him in a while. It’s going to be really cool and something to really cherish.”

Hilliard wasn’t sure how his family was able to enter the ballpark to watch the game, but he said the Rangers found a way “for them to get in and be socially distanced from anyone else, and have a little spot in the stadium.”

Hilliard’s family is scheduled to attend another exhibition game between the two clubs Wednesday and the Rockies’ regular-season opener Friday.

“That’s honestly a dream come true,” Hilliard said. “It’s such a blessing for my family, to have them here.”

Hilliard is expected to start in the Rockies’ outfield this season after hitting .273/.356/.649 with seven home runs and 13 RBIs in 27 games last year.

The San Francisco 49ers will honor the late Dwight Clark in a number of ways during the 2018 campaign.

San Francisco will host a tribute in Clark’s memory during its Week 7 matchup against the Los Angeles Rams on Oct. 21. The celebration will be highlighted by the unveiling of a statue depicting “The Catch” – Clark’s iconic game-winning touchdown in the 1981 NFC Championship Game – outside Levi’s Stadium.

49ers players will also wear “87” helmet decals throughout the season that feature Clark’s legendary catch.

Clark died June 4 after a battle with ALS. He’s a two-time Super Bowl champion, and later had his No. 87 retired by the 49ers.

Former San Francisco 49ers receiver Dwight Clark has died at 61 after a year-long battle with ALS, his family confirmed Monday.

Clark was the 49ers’ 10th-round pick in the 1979 NFL Draft and spent nine seasons with the team. He ranks third in franchise history in receiving yards and fourth in receptions.

The two-time All-Pro is best remembered for his role in “The Catch,” one of the most memorable moments in NFL history. Clark caught the game-winning touchdown pass at the end of the 1981 NFC Championship Game against the Dallas Cowboys, sending San Francisco to its first Super Bowl and launching a dynasty.

Clark is a two-time Super Bowl champion, and later had his No. 87 retired by the 49ers.

Former New Orleans Saints safety Steve Gleason has been endorsed for the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of his advocacy in the battle against Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, better known to some as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Gleason was diagnosed with ALS in 2011 and has since worked tirelessly to promote awareness and help gain funding for research to find a cure for the condition.

The medal is the highest civilian honor awarded by Congress, and Gleason was nominated by Louisiana senator Bill Cassidy.

“Steve Gleason was a hero for Saints fans and now he is a hero for all Americans as he finds hope and meaning in overcoming disability and creating greater opportunity for others who are disabled,” Cassidy said to The Associated Press.

Gleason is perhaps most famous for blocking a punt during a September 2006 game against the Atlanta Falcons, the Saints’ first home game at the Superdome since Hurricane Katrina.


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Former NFL and Alabama football player Kevin Turner has died after battling Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was 46.

Turner’s father released a statement on Facebook Thursday announcing the death of the former Crimson Tide fullback, which was also posted to the Kevin Turner Foundation’s website.

Turner helped lead the Crimson Tide to a national championship in 1992 and was drafted by the New England Patriots. Turner went on to play for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1995-1999 and was diagnosed with the neurological disease ALS in 2010.

After the diagnosis Turner served as president of the Kevin Turner Foundation, which seeks to show the connections between repeated brain trauma and ALS in athletes.

Crimson Tide athletic director Bill Battle lauded Turner’s spirit, toughness and courage in an emailed statement.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Former NFL linebacker Tim Shaw has announced that he has ALS.

In a video posted Tuesday on the Tennessee Titans’ web site, the 30-year-old Shaw reveals he was recently diagnosed and says ”I’m here today to stand up and fight with all of you against this disease” before pouring a bucket of ice water on his head as part of the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money and awareness to battle ALS.

He then challenges the Titans organization, Penn State’s football team and ”my Clarenceville community” to do the same. Shaw played at Penn State and Clarenceville High School in Livonia, Michigan.

Shaw played for the Carolina Panthers (2007), Jacksonville Jaguars (2008), Chicago Bears (2009) and Titans (2010-12). He announced his retirement from football earlier this year.