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May 4, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Benefit for Steve Gleason at Safeco May 12

Wanted to call attention to a benefit at Safeco Field May 12 for Steve Gleason, the former Washington State and New Orleans Saints football standout afflicted with Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

I wasn’t covering WSU back in Gleason’s heyday (the late ’90s there), so I never really got to know him. But I was there the night last November he came back for the WSU-Arizona State football game, and sat in on his media availability. It’s obvious he’s a very cool guy and eminently deserving of whatever support he gets in this fight.

Here’s the full release:

GAME ON FOR GLEASON TO BE HELD MAY 12 AT SAFECO FIELD

Help support Steve Gleason’s courageous battle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

SEATTLE, Wash. – On Saturday, May 12, a special event will be held at Safeco Field to help raise money to support former Washington State University and New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason and his battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

The Game on for Gleason event will run from 6-8:30 p.m. at Safeco Field in Seattle. Drinks, heavy appetizers, a silent & live auction and a special video presentation will highlight the event. Event guests will also get a special tour behind the scenes of the home of Seattle Mariners baseball. Tickets for the event are $80 online ($95 at the door), and all proceeds go to Steve, wife Michel and baby Rivers through the Gleason Family Trust.

Steve’s brother, Kyle, will be at the event and share some amazing stories about his brother, and his courageous battle with ALS.

Gleason is a native of Spokane, where he was a standout athlete at Gonzaga Prep. He went on to star at Washington State University, where he played both football (free safety) and baseball (outfielder) for the Cougars from 1995-2000. With the Cougars he was a member of the 1997 Rose Bowl team, and ended his career ranked in the top 10 in school history for total tackles. Gleason went on to play for the New Orleans Saints from 2000-07. He retired from the NFL in 2008.

To donate directly to The Gleason Family Trust, and to learn more about Steve and his story, visit www.TeamGleason.org. For more information on Game on for Gleason, contact Kim Gonzalez (425-283-8584/kegonzo@gmail.com).

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