About
Steve Gleason

Steve Gleason played for The New Orleans Saints from 2000-2008. As a counter-culture athlete who spent his off-season adventuring in third world countries, he will always be remembered for his blocked punt on the night the Louisiana Superdome reopened for the first time after Hurricane Katrina.

In January, 2011 Steve was diagnosed with ALS, considered a terminal neuromuscular disease. The 2016 movie “Gleason” documents how ALS has affected the life of Steve and his family.

Beyond his faith that there is a solution to heal, it is his mission to show that patients can not only live but thrive after this diagnosis. In doing so, he hopes to inspire others to do the same. With that in mind, Steve and his wife, Michel, formed “Team Gleason” to help him accomplish those goals and more.

Moving Eye

The Gleason Initiative Foundation is a charitable 501c3 non-profit corporation with the mission to:

  • Help provide individuals with neuromuscular diseases or injuries with leading edge technology, equipment and services.
  • To create a global conversation about ALS to ultimately find solutions and an end to the disease.
  • To raise public awareness toward ALS by providing and documenting extraordinary life adventures for individuals with muscular diseases or injuries.

More Than A Voice

For Steve Gleason, technology doesn’t just give him a voice. It’s what allows him to navigate the world around him. Watch how Steve uses eye-tracking technology to perform everyday tasks in his home.

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