Terry Bradshaw Teams Up with The ALS Association to Raise Awareness of ALS

Hall of Fame quarterback fulfills dying fan’s last wish that he become ALS spokesperson

Today we launched a new public awareness campaign featuring Hall of Fame quarterback and FOX Sports announcer Terry Bradshaw that raises awareness of ALS and the progress that has been made since the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in 2014.

“ALS is a terrible disease that has taken far too many Americans, including several former NFL players,” said Terry. “I’m honored to be fighting for all those living with ALS and their family members. We desperately need the public’s support to keep the momentum going.”

Two of the videos released today feature Terry and Pat Quinn, who co-founded the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge five years ago.

In the videos, Pat uses a re-creation of his voice that was presented to him by The ALS Association as part of Project Revoice, an award-winning campaign that generated international headlines.

“Pat Quinn is the real deal,” said Terry. “Here’s a kid who is dying from a terrible disease, and he’s out there every day doing everything he can to raise awareness of ALS and inspire those around him.”

Terry started working with us because of a long-time Pittsburgh Steelers fan who had ALS. Harrison Anderson, a North Carolina man who was diagnosed with ALS in 2016, used his wish from the Dream Foundation to request a call from Terry. On that call, Harrison asked Bradshaw to consider doing a public service announcement for ALS.

Harrison died on December 29, only weeks after Terry filmed the PSAs. Fortunately, Harrison got to see the videos before he passed, and he was thrilled with them. Our thoughts are with his wife, Robin, and their entire family. We’re glad Harrison’s dream is now a reality.

“Even though I didn’t know Harrison, I knew from that first phone call with him that I wanted to help,” Terry said. “My wife and I have traveled to North Carolina to meet Harrison and his wife, and we are so touched that he asked us to join the fight against ALS. We are heartbroken that he passed, and our prayers go out to Robin and his family.”

Before he died, Harrison said Terry is just like he appears on TV. “Terry Bradshaw was always a role model that I looked up to, and I thought he would be a perfect fit for ALS,” said Harrison. “For him to be a part of this shows he’s exactly the kind of person I expected him to be. We are both humbled by Terry and Tammy’s generosity and kindness.”

Calaneet Balas, president and CEO of The ALS Association, said: “We’re honored and thrilled that Terry has been so willing to help raise awareness of ALS and it’s such a great story of how it all came together. We are all deeply saddened that Harrison passed, but so grateful that he reached out and got things started. He had an impact in this fight and our thoughts are with Robin and his family.”

There are several prominent former NFL players living with ALS, including Steve Gleason, O.J. Brigance, Tim Shaw, and Tim Green, who recently discussed his own diagnosis with the disease on 60 Minutes. Last June, former Super Bowl champion San Francisco 49ers receiver Dwight Clark died after his battle with ALS.

 

28 thoughts on “Terry Bradshaw Teams Up with The ALS Association to Raise Awareness of ALS”

    1. My husband was and IS Harrison Anderson. Terry came to our home in Winston Salem NC to meet Harrison and offer support in his battle with ALS. Terry and his wife Tammy are wonderful people and I am grateful for their support.

      Sadly the love of my life passed away December 29 ,2018 (less than a month from when Tammy and Terry Bradshaw came to our home).

      I will be forever grateful for making Harrison happy and for Terry’s help in spreading the awareness of ALS. God bless all who deal with “The Beast”!

      Robin Anderson—Winston Salem, NC

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  1. There needs to be as much emphasis on ALS as there is cancer research. My heart along with many others has been hurt by loosing our loved ones, or watching them die. ALSSUCKSMISSINGNICK

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  2. Even though i always loved the medical field and read any article or book i could find to learn more, I missed retaining information about ALS. Then, I was given the honor to care for an incredible lady who was diagnosed with this devastating disease. I was told the day I met her, tnhe family would only need me for six months or less. As I watched this beautiful woman start to lose the ability to control her own body and it began to shut down, I was devastated. There was not a single thing in the world I could do to stop it. I’m thankful for the time I was given with her. However, my mind will forever be etched with how fast and forceful this monster ALS was. I hope we, as a nation can pound the ever daylights out of it.
    Lynn

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    1. I worked for the va 0ut patient clinic and many veterans volunteered there, I knew a husband & wife who both died rather suddingly from ALS. MY MOTHER ALSO DIED FROM ALS. SHE NEVER LOST HER ABILITY TO WALK, NEVER A WHEEL CHAIR, LOST HER ABILITY TO TALK AT 1ST, THEN NOT ABLE TO SWALLOW. I WAS TALKING TO HER ON THE PHONE, WHEN SHE FELL TO THE FLOOR, AND PASSED AWAY. I HAVE ALWAYS SINCE ABOUT AGE 12, RESEARCHED HER ANCESTRY,AND FEEL ALS IS A
      GENETIC INHERITED DESEASE. NOT CONTAGEOUS. SHIRLEY RODICK COBB

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  3. Terry, I live in Shreveport. I used to hunt close to your ranch south of Shreveport, not far from I49. I was diagnosed with ALS about 4 years ago. I tried getting in touch with you to ask for assistance raising awareness of ALS in Shreveport. We have are walk in the fall. I would love for you to walk with us. I know your busy but we could really use the help of a Louisiana son.

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  4. Thanks Terry, my father died of ALS 21 years ago at age 66. I remember when you got put in the game to quarterback the Steelers to what became 4 Superbowls. My father was a Marine and never took a sick day leading up to his diagnosis. I appreciate your support.

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  5. ALS has devastated my family. We all stood by, helpless to stop it, as we watched my son-in-law deteriorate from a fine young man to nothing but skin and bones. He could no longer walk and could barely talk. It was 8 months from diagnosis to death. At least 50 family members surrounded him as he passed, including his 5-year-old son, the youngest of his 9 children. That was 5 months ago and my heart is still breaking. My daughter is amazing and is going on to raise her young children with the help of the older children and other family members. What kills me the most though, is that there is a 50% chance that my grandchildren will die from this horrific disease in the prime of their lives. We desperately NEED a cure!

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  6. Thank you Terry for creating these moving PSAs. The words you used are the ones I always use to describe ALS. I lost my mother to Progressive Bulbar Palsy (PBP), which is a form of ALS on February 27, 2015. We first noticed her speech beginning to slur in the fall of 2013 when she was 83, right before she moved in with us. She was diagnosed in March of 2014. As I drove her home from the neurologist and struggled not to cry and terrified of what lay ahead for both of us, she dealt with the news much better than I, only remarking “Well, everyone has to die from something.” She required a PEG tube for nourishment in June of 2014 and was unable to speak by then. She was fortunate that she remained able to walk almost to the end, but breathing is essential and she eventually lost that battle, not wanting to go on a ventilator. I was her primary caregiver (while working a full time job) but with my husband and adult son and hospice were able to help care for her at home. It was exhausting both mentally and physically, but I’m glad we were able to be there for her.

    This is what my oldest son said in his eulogy for her:

    “Grandma was a lifelong fan of the Dallas Cowboys. Every Thanksgiving that I can remember, the Cowboys were the soundtrack to the holiday. Of course, she would also root for the team of whatever city her family happened to be living in. The Chiefs, the Broncos, and the Seahawks all received plenty of Grandma’s prayers. But the Cowboys were always her first love. So, I am glad that, thanks to the internet and eBay, after a season which saw her Cowboys eliminated in the playoffs and the Seahawks lose the Superbowl, the final football games Grandma watched were of the 1992 Dallas Cowboys as they charged towards a Superbowl victory. When she left them, they were eight and one, having just defeated Detroit.

    Grandma rarely ever got sick. Certainly, in my lifetime, I can’t recall any time when she was struck with a major illness. Which made her being diagnosed with Progressive Bulbar Palsy in March of last year such a shock. Progressive Bulbar Palsy is a form of ALS – Lou Gehrig’s disease. It attacks the motor neurons, making activities such as speaking, walking, breathing, and swallowing more difficult, until eventually you can’t do them at all. For someone like my grandma, who lived on her own for two years after Grandpa died, it was a complete change from everything she had ever known. The voice that had called out to cats every evening was first slurred and then silenced. My grandma continued communicating through her beautiful penmanship, but eventually that was taken away too. For the first time in her life, the woman who had cared for everyone else had to accept the help of others. And she did so with grace and gratefulness. ”

    I hope no one in my family every has to deal with this disease again. A co-worker of mine lost his sister to PBP earlier this year. She was only in her 50’s and left behind two not quite grown children and a grieving husband and family. It is a cruel and brutal disease.

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  7. I was diagnosed in December of 2015 and have progressed slower than most people. It’s been amazing how people have stepped up and given their voices and time to this cause. We Need to continue to fight and find a cure. Keep up the fight and welcome aboard Terry.

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  8. Go Terry! Thank you for helping raise awareness for ALS. Stop by and see the ALS Center of Excellence in Pittsburgh, PA someday, here in the ‘
    Burgh your are still loved as the great one.

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  9. Terry- Thank you, thank you for agreeing to be a spokesperson for this horrible disease!

    I was diagnosed with ALS in July 2011 at the age of 39.
    My husband of 28 years is my full-time caregiver, and my 2 sons (ages 20, 21) help when he isn’t home.
    It’s great to have another well known person that can bring even more awareness of this wretched disease.
    Thank you, Terry!!!

    Stacey Novak

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  10. Thank you for your commitment. We desperately need ALS awareness . This horrific disease has been pushed under the rug. We need to educate America! My mom was diagnosed with ALS in 2014. My family knew nothing about the disease and struggled to learn while attending to her daily needs. Unfortunately, for the family, my mom only lasted 6 months from her diagnosis. I have learned so much about ALS after my moms passing. I only wish I would have known these things beforehand. Lets all stick together and find a cure for this horrific disease!

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  11. Thank you Terry for the help your voice will make in the fight against ALS. Diagnosed in 2009 mine is a slowly progressing form, but too many people are dying because more help is needed to find a cure. God bless you!

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  12. I know all about this horrible disease my son has been living with it for 9 years he’s 48 yrs old. He was in great shape and healthy and was very athletic loved playing basketball.Hes been a coach for kids for over 20 years and has a girls travel basketball team. He still coaches the kids.
    Thank you Terry!!!
    Merle Fogel

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  13. Thank-you for keeping ALS in the forefront. Much research is being done but needs to continue for the cure. My husband is living with ALS. Our hope is to find a cure for this life robbing illness. Someone gave me words of hope that I would like to share, “Hope is putting faith to work when doubting would be easier”. Keep hoping.
    Michele Iannacchino

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  14. Many thanks, Terry, for joining the cause to find a cure for ALS. My husband died 7 years ago from this terrible disease. As we were traveling to his neurologist to discuss his test results and confirm his diagnosis I recall him stating that he hoped he had cancer. At least he would have treatment options with that. Sadly, he passed away 18 months after diagnosis because he could no longer breathe. It is devastating to watch someone you love die this way. I hope to see a cure for this disease in my lifetime and am so thankful that people like you have dedicated your time and talent to help.

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  15. Terry Bradshaw, will never forget those days when you said you just put it up, Swann and company would just go get it, brought joy to thousands of fans, ALS is a bottomless disease, a cure is needed, just saying thank you for being onboard seems like a small token, I have been diagnosed with ALS , first hand so thank you for being on board.

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  16. I have had ALS over 3 years, it is slowly affecting my breathing and weakness.
    I think it hs been longer that Ihave had it

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  17. Thanks Terry! I thank you and love the Steeler nation ! I got diagnosed in Nov 18 and living life to the fullest ! We need more funding for a cure!

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  18. Terry… thank you again for making Harrison so happy with your visit with your sweet wife Tammy and friend Christy. He was so thrilled that you were going to make a difference in the ALS world with your PSA on ALS. You are such a kind and generous man, and I love you and Tammy for coming to visit Harrison and spending time with us and telling us stories and laughing with us. Gods blessings on you both. …. your friend always… Robin Anderson

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  19. Thank you Terry for everything that you do for the ALS community. I lost my dad in 1993 and he only suffered for 8 months. I’ve only seen my dad just a handful of times through my whole life and then I got the call. He wanted to meet my son’s which were then 9 and 10 and now they’re 34 and 35. It was very tough but I’m glad he called me to let me know and he was very proud of my sons.My dad was a character and when we walked in the door, the first thing he said was..”look boys I’m taking a whiz”.. he had the catheter and the bag. He collected John Wayne memorabilia and to know my dad, he was a lot like The Duke. A very big man. Thanks again,Les.
    P.S. Terry- I am a dedicated Cleveland Browns fan so it took a lot for me to even thank you..kidding ✌️❤️🏈

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  20. Thank you Terry Bradshaw for fullfilling our friend Harrison’s wish. Awareness is the key to keep funds flowing for ALS support. Your help is doing that. The continuation of funded research efforts to understand and find a solution for ALS is paramount. Too many families are and have suffered the devastation of this disease. Find a cure for the horrible disease of ALS now!

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