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.

 

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

  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. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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