Wednesday afternoon Steve Gleason and former teammate Scott Fujita were on hand as Chase donated $350,000 to help fund Gleason’s house for ALS and MS patients.
When Gleason spoke the room quickly hushed.
Gleason now communicates through a computer that generates his voice.
He spells his words by making eye contact with keys on his computer.
The Team Gleason House will open later this month.
“Never have I been more proud to call this my home than now. As you know I was diagnosed with ALS two years ago. A terminal diagnosis can really mess with your head. Honestly it makes you want to run away to the moon.” said Gleason.
Throughout his struggles Gleason has maintained an uncanny sense of humor.
He joked that some reporters looked like they had partied a little too much at Tuesday night’s media Super Bowl party.
He was asked what was the most humbling experience in his fight with ALS.
His response was a classic.
“To be honest having someone else wash my balls.”
Fujita responded, “Like I said, I don’t want to put words in his mouth.”.