D-backs Celebrated First Lou Gehrig Day in Partnership with ALS Arizona Chapter
By Claire Natale -
Tuesday Jun 15, 2021
The Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association Arizona Chapter is excited to announce it celebrated the MLBâ€™s inaugural Lou Gehrig Day on Wednesday, June 2 during the Arizona Diamondbacks regular season game against the New York Mets. During the event, the team donated nearly 400 tickets to people living with ALS, families, caregivers and volunteers of the association.
â€œWe are incredibly thankful for this gift from the Arizona Diamondbacks,â€ said Taryn Norley, President and CEO of the ALS Association Arizona Chapter. â€œThe team has been a strong supporter of our cause for more than a decade, and thanks to the generous ticket donations, we were able to give ALS families another happy memory to enjoy together.â€
In addition to the donation, the team honored six people living with ALS in Arizona including Maceo Carter, Scott Keniston, Peggy Larrabee, Bill Olivier, Gabe Tapia, and Terri Hahn. Dr. Robert Bowser, PHD, of Barrow Neurological Institute threw the gameâ€™s first pitch. Bowser is an internationally recognized leader in ALS research, contributing pioneering efforts to discover and validate biomarkers for ALS and other neurodegenerative diseases.
Along with the ticket donations, the Arizona Diamondbacks have given the association more than $100,000 in donations and in-kind gifts.
â€œWhile we have long hosted an ALS Awareness Day at Chase Field, this year was even more special because all 30 teams joined forces for Lou Gehrig Day,â€ said D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall, who helped create the event with the other 29 team presidents. â€œWe are looking forward to honoring his legacy for years to come and continuing to raise money and eventually, find a cure.â€
ALS is a terminal illness that impacts all aspects of a personâ€™s life, often resulting in decreased quality of life at a time when it matters most. The ALS Association Arizona Chapter employs a multi-dimensional approach to support the physical, emotional, and social needs of people with ALS, and their families. For more information on the ALS Association Arizona Chapter, visit the website at alsaz.org. Like the organization on Facebook at ALS Association Arizona Chapter.
About ALS Arizona Chapter
The ALS Association Arizona Chapter provides services and support to people living with ALS suffering from ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The ALS Association is the only national nonprofit devoted solely to the fight against Lou Gehrigâ€™s disease on all fronts. These include patient and family services and programs, community outreach, and research. ALS is 100% fatal with no known cause, cure, or effective treatment. Upon diagnosis, patients have only 2-5 years to live, and expenses for those living with ALS average $250,000 annually.