More than two decades ago, just after the Richmond resident got his big break as the guitarist for former Van Halen singer David Lee Roth's band, he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, the incurable motor-neuron disease better known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Doctors gave Becker three to five years to live. He was 20.
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I met Ron after a Yankees vs. Mets game @ a bar across from the stadium. He asked about my red wristband and I told him it was for ALS and that my dad has the disease. He then told me his mom passed away from ALS a couple of years ago. He offered to lend his "celebrity status" to raise $/awareness for ALS. Life is kind of neat sometimes! For more on Ron- http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/d/darliro01.shtml
Steve Gleason is a former professional football player, a safety with the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League. Originally signed by the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2000, he played for the Saints through the 2007 season. As a free agent in 2008, Gleason retired from the NFL after eight seasons. In 2011, he revealed that he was battling ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.