MDA Honors Steve Gleason

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A former New Orleans Saints player is being honored for making a difference in the fight against Muscular Dystrophy.

The first annual Muscle Team fundraiser was held Wednesday night at Harrah’s Hotel, in the Vieux Carre Ballroom.

Steve Gleason was named this year’s MDA Champion of Spirit Honoree.

His wife Michel accepted the award on his behalf.

The former New Orleans Saints player was diagnosed last year with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Since then he and his wife have gone above and beyond the call of duty to help raise awareness.

“They’re traveling all over the U.S. they’re doing events, they’re raising money. They’re raising awareness, telling people how ALS is a difficult disease to deal with but you can live with it,” said New Orleans MDA Executive Director April Catarella.

Several MDA Ambassadors attended the fundraiser, and were paired with local celebrities like Saints punter Thomas Morstead.

Autographed sports memorabilia were part of a silent auction.

Funds raised will help pay for research and treatment, as well as the annual MDA summer camp.