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Steve Gleason Responds To Atlanta Radio Segment That Mocked Him

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Steve Gleason made national headlines yesterday for two reasons. One, he wrote a 4,500 word column for Sports Illustrated, detailing his battle with ALS. And two, because three Atlanta radio hosts made a segment belittling and mocking Gleason, as well as his incurable disease.

The latter moved the needle more than the former, but Gleason has responded to the incident in the only way you’d expect him to…with class.

Via his facebook page, Team Gleason, Steve released the following statement.

“Regarding the DJ skit in Atlanta yesterday. I would like to thank the public for their support. Defend Team Gleason’ now has been officially redefined. Additionally, the DJs have provided genuine apology. Received and accepted. We have all made mistakes in this life. How we learn from our mistakes is the measure of who we are.

“I think everyone can learn from this event. It’s clear to me that, on a national & global scale, ALS is not understood, which is part of why it’s underfunded and largely ignored. In the past 36 hours lots of people have been talking. Let’s talk about this …

“There are zero treatments for ALS. If you take any action as a result of this event, I prefer it to be action to end ALS. See what we are doing to change that @ teamgleason.org. SG”

No matter the situation, Gleason continues to display incredible courage, understanding, and Will power.

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