Major League Baseball hopes to “strike out” ALS by naming June 2nd Lou Gehrig day

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Wednesday marked a first for ALS patients and baseball fans.

For the first time, Major League Baseball designated June 2nd to be Lou Gehrig Day.

Through this day of dedication, the MLB hopes to bring awareness to this disease that took the life of the famed Yankees player.

According to MLB, on this date in 1925, Gehrig became the New York Yankees starting first basemen.

On the same day sixteen years later in 1941, he passed away at age 37.

80 years after his death, there’s been no cure that has been discovered and there’s no cause determined.

Similar to the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness that gained national attention in 2014, Lexington patients like Sandra Marlowe hope Lou Gehrig Day brings them one step closer to a cure.

“It’s amazing it will help highlight and raise funds for research,” says Marlowe.

ALS patients will be recognized at all Major League games annually on June 2nd.

Originally the “game plan” for the Marlowe’s was to go to the Cincinnati Reds home game on Wednesday.

Unfortunately, it was rained-out, still Marlowe believes rain or shine, this designated day will make a difference .

“Nationally more people will hear about als,” says Marlowe.

According to the ALS Therapy Development Institute, its mission is to help develop treatments for ALS.

Carol Hamilton, the Senior Director of Development says right now there’s only 2 FDA approved compounds available to patients to help fight a mysterious and relentless killer.

“And neither one of them are game changers so we are looking for a game changer or at least something that will really prolong survival and give patients enough time for our scientific community to develop even better treatment,” says Hamilton.

Hamilton says getting this funding as soon as possible is important because the amount of time patients have left is uncertain.

“We can’t tell by looking at a person or by taking a blood test if someone is going to survive nine months or nine years,” says Hamilton.

This special national recognition gives patients like Marlowe hope that not even a rainout can damper.

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