Also fighting ALS, OJ Brigance to compensate reverence to Lou Gehrig
July 3, 2016 - als
BALTIMORE — Former Ravens linebacker O.J. Brigance will take his personal quarrel opposite ALS to a ball solid on a 77th anniversary of Lou Gehrig’s farewell debate during Yankee Stadium.
Brigance has amyotrophic parallel sclerosis, also famous as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Soon after Brigance was diagnosed in 2007, he and his wife, Chanda, launched a debate to assistance other people with ALS.
Gehrig died dual years after dogmatic himself “the luckiest male on a face of a earth” in his 1939 speech. Brigance will respect a former Yankees initial baseman by participating in a normal first-pitch rite Monday night during a home of a Class A Aberdeen IronBirds.
“Lou Gehrig’s difference still relate aloud a courage, piety and persistence that he displayed on a ball field, as good as in his quarrel opposite ALS,” Brigance said. “His ability to mount unflappable in a face of his toughest competition ever serves as an impulse to me, and we am certain to many others in a ALS community. I, too, am one of a many sanctified group on a earth.”
Brigance is a usually actor to win a Canadian Football League pretension and a Super Bowl for a group in a same city, Baltimore. He was a special-teams writer for a Ravens in 2000, when a patrol warranted a wild-card berth in a playoffs and went on to kick a New York Giants to turn NFL champions.
“Lou Gehrig’s difference still relate aloud a courage, piety and persistence that he displayed on a ball field, as good as in his quarrel opposite ALS.”
He now serves in a front bureau for a Ravens. Brigance, who uses a wheelchair and a communication device that translates his thoughts, is an moving figure within a classification and to many battling ALS.
The Brigance Brigade Foundation has lifted millions of dollars toward providing support and apparatus to people vital with ALS. Some of a income is also used to find a cure.
“The ALS village has come a prolonged approach given Lou Gehrig’s debate during Yankee Stadium,” Chanda Brigance said, “but there is still so distant to go.”