Challenge Me to Be the Face of ALS

Eighty years ago on July 4, Lou Gehrig gave one of the most famous speeches in American history. His speech marked his retirement from baseball because of his recent diagnosis of ALS. Gehrig was honored by many on the field that day, and his number 4 was retired, the first time a player had ever had his jersey retired. The New York Times called it “one of the most touching scenes ever witnessed on a ball field.”

In being public about his diagnosis, Gehrig raised awareness of a disease that was virtually unknown at the time. Yankees fans, as well as all baseball fans, and most Americans, now knew someone with ALS. His openness about the disease – in addition to his dominance on the ball field and his reputation as being a true gentleman – made him the face and name of ALS for decades to come.

Following Lou’s lead, and in the wake of the global phenomenon known as the Ice Bucket Challenge, more people with ALS are now – more than ever – open and willing to share their diagnosis of ALS to help raise awareness and funds for the fight against this disease. They are now the faces of ALS.

So we honor and remember Lou Gehrig today not because he had ALS – but because of what he did both before and after his diagnosis with ALS. And we honor and thank the thousands of people with ALS and their friends and families, who are all willing to share their stories, advocate for change, and urgently fight for treatments and a cure for ALS.




The Challenge Me campaign picks up where the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge left off. This time, the ALS community is challenging everyone to do anything and everything they can to cure ALS. Click here to learn more.

7 thoughts on “Challenge Me to Be the Face of ALS”

  1. I too have a hero! My brother-in-law has ALS. Jeramey was diagnosed last November. He fights every day. Jeramey and my husband Jimmy just completed the first leg of six of Jeramey’s Journey “Move that Mountain” spreading awareness for ALS/MS. You can find their journey at


  2. My sister, Sherry was diagnosed 2 years ago. She went from being a person who was very independent, outgoing and very involved in the community to who is total dependent on some to take care of her. The ALS association has helped us tremendously and so thankful for that


  3. My personal hero is my loving aunt who had als. My aunt Dolly was such a wonderful loving person. I’m very thankful I had her. She really was my very best friend. I wasn’t able to be there through her struggle with it and that hurts me every minute everyday. When I finally knew all that was going on I’ve been learning more and more about this horrible disease. I want to do whatever I can to help. Hopefully one day there will be a cure. I’m apart of this for my aunt who sadly lost her life to als. I’m so broken and lost without her. I’m so sorry aunt Dolly you had to go through what you did. I wish I could have been there for you but I always have you in my heart and on my mind. I pray to God there will be a cure because als has hurt me. I will be involved and do whatever it takes for a cure.

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  4. My sister died January 15 2017 of ALS

    Everyone of my siblings is fighting horrific autoimmune diseases.

    My twin has a lung disease that only a lung transplant can save him.

    Oldest sister has RA, Skin Cancer, Scleraderma (CREST)

    I am dealing with lifelong Addisons, COPD, and Neurothapy.

    Is there any chance that with our familial autoimmune diseases that any of us could present with ALS.

    My Father had Parkinsons, Polio, and Lung disease, mum complete kidney failure. We are all over the age of 67.


  5. My father was diagnosed with ALS, Nov 2, 2015, he past away last year April 20, 2018. Those 3 years are the hardest years of his life and our lives. It hurts me so much to hear people getting diagnosed with this horrible disease. There is a sense of helplessness to know that at this moment there is nothing we can do. I’m really hopeful in the future change and a cure happens. I have sympathy to everyone that gets ALS and the families, my heart goes out to you. ALS is a very hard battle that we need to defeat!!!


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