About Gehrig and ALS and running and giving back

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

First, watch this.

What a tremendous tribute to an all-time great on the 75th anniversary of one of the most famed speeches in this sport’s history. But Major League Baseball has taken this week not only to recognize Lou Gehrig for his on-field achievements, but also to bring attention to the cruel disease that cut his life short.

Now, watch this.

That’s Greg Ratliff, the father of one of my friends and colleagues, Jason, from MLB.com. Theirs is one of many families currently burdened by ALS (now commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease), to which there is no cure or treatment.

The city of Kimmswick, Mo., has rallied around the Ratliffs to try and help them as they deal with  rising insurance costs and medical needs for Nancy. The jewel event in those efforts is the Kimmswick 5K and 1-mile Fun Run, which is scheduled for Sept. 6. For those of you who enjoy road races or who have thought about giving one a try, I urge you to consider participating. The course is wonderful (I can vouch for it!) and the community is darling. Even Fredbird will be making an appearance at an event where winners are rewarded with pies.

For details on the race, visit this webpage.

If you’re not sure the race is for you but still feel compelled to give back, I have set up a fundraising page. All monies raised will go to the Nancy Ratiliff Foundation. That page can be accessed here.

I hope to rally some support for the Ratliffs from the St. Louis community, as this has been the family’s longtime home. Jason, who is the behind-the-scenes backbone of MLB.com’s Draft and prospect coverage, has worked hard to tell his mother’s story and organize this race. What a wonderful opportunity we now have to give back.

1 Comment

Lou Gehrig will always mean grace,humility, and courage to me.

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