Gleason Keeps Sense of Humor in Face of ALS


NEW ORLEANS -- Sitting in his mechanical wheelchair and trying to talk, struggling to make people understand, New Orleans Saints folk hero Steve Gleason brought his press conference on ALS to a standstill.


This was my fault.


What had I said? Nothing problematic, I thought. For several minutes Gleason's shaky, computerized voice had filled this room at the New Orleans Convention Center on Wednesday, and now that it was time to ask questions I wanted to know how he had done it.


This press conference was all about Gleason's determination to fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), to make the hell-on-earth death sentence a little less hellish by fighting it with advanced technology -- technology like operating a computer, even...

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