By: Brian Floyd
I'm not sure how many people knew Steve Gleason's story before Sunday, when NBC aired a lengthy feature on his battle with ALS. The feature itself was difficult to watch, knowing that just a few years ago, Gleason was healthy, youthful and living a happy life. In a way, he's still living that happy life, but the personal tragedy he, his family and his friends have been through has been tough to watch unfold.
Gleason is a shell of his old self, succumbing to ALS as it takes over his body and mind. He was officially diagnosed with ALS just about a year ago, and the disease has moved rapidly. Just a few months ago, I saw Steve in Pullman, when he attended a Washington State football game. Seeing the NBC feature on Sunday, and how his health has rapidly deteriorated, was heartbreaking. (continued)