The Muscular Dystrophy Association celebrates Lou Gehrig Day at Major League Baseball games in June

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The Muscular Dystrophy Association celebrates Lou Gehrig Day at Major League Baseball games in June

NEW YORK, NY – May 24, 2022 – The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) will honor Major League Baseball (MLB) recognition of Lou Gehrig Day at games across the country in June. MDA families living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and related neuromuscular diseases, volunteers, partners, advocates and friends will fan out across the country to participate in ceremonies on the field, from the bleachers and in the activities of pre-game. MDA is proud to partner with the following teams and celebrate the entire league for raising awareness and funds in support of our mission for those diagnosed with ALS aka Lou Gehrig’s disease:

Boston Red Sox (6/1), Cincinnati Reds (6/2), Detroit Tigers (6/2), Milwaukee Brewers (6/2), Kansas City Royals (6/3), Oakland A’s (6/3), Philadelphia Phillies (6/3), Chicago White Sox (26/6), Pittsburgh Pirates (6/3), Houston Astros (6/6), Cleveland Guardians (6/6), Minnesota Twins ( 6/8), St. Louis Cardinals (6/13 or 6/15), Arizona Diamondbacks (6/13) and more!

Watch this video with MDA volunteer and MLB player Rhys Hoskins of the Philadelphia Phillies with his wife Jayme advocating for a donation at mda.org/endALS.

“We salute the efforts made to celebrate this day of recognition in Major League Baseball. Lou Gehrig Day is an incredible opportunity for the public, especially baseball fans in this country and around the world, to support the movement for breakthroughs in ALS,” said Donald S. Wood, PhD, President and CEO of MDA. “As one of the largest funders of ALS research and care outside of the federal government, we at MDA remain committed to the late Lou Gehrig and his wife Eleanor, who became President of MDA’s national campaign to raise funds for research to find a cure for the disease that claimed her husband’s life too soon We also salute the work of the Lou Gehrig Society, in particular its Chairman of the Board , Dr. R. Rodney Howell, former Chairman of MDA, and his son, John Howell, who currently serves on MDA’s Board of Directors.”

Building on our legacy of DIY Backyard Carnival fundraising programs, MDA is launching a series of Tribute Tailgate Parties, which are pre-game gatherings that will take place before Lou Gehrig Day MLB games.

“It’s such an honor to see Gehrig’s events unfold and grow each year with MLB’s annual Lou Gehrig Day. Gehrig was truly as special as he was portrayed in popular lore. Members of my family and the Gehrigs were extremely close. He was so good, honest, funny, tough and humble. He was famous for staying there until his job was done, just like MDA and MLB do, until we were finding a cure for ALS,” said Dr. R. Rodney Howell, president and board member of the Lou Gehrig Society and former chairman of the MDA board.

Special note in Houston, TX:

The MDA Tribute Tour in Houston from June 2-6 will include visits and celebrations from local Houston champions, care centers, partners, volunteers and families. This will consist of a visit to the MDA ALS Research and Clinical Center at the Houston Methodist Neurological Institute in honor of his 40and anniversary with Dr. Stanley H. Appel as Director of the MDA ALS Care Center. Dr. Appel is also honored during this week with an MDA Tribute Award on June 2. The MDA Tribute Tour will be culminate in the Houston Astros’ celebration of Lou Gehrig Day on June 6. The MDA Tribute Tour started in the voluntary state of Tennessee before arriving in Houston and continues in St. Louis on Labor Day.

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About MDA’s work in ALS:

The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is the premier voluntary health organization in the United States for people with muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related neuromuscular disorders. For more than 70 years, MDA has been at the forefront of ALS research, investing more than $173 million in innovations in ALS science and care. Thanks to MDA-funded research, tremendous progress has been made in understanding the causes of ALS. MDA’s commitment to ALS includes supporting a network of more than 150 multidisciplinary care centers at top medical facilities nationwide, including 48 MDA designated ALS care centers. MDA’s data center, called MOVR, is a first-of-its-kind data technology center that collects clinical and genetic data from our network of care centers for neuromuscular diseases, including ALS, as a tool valuable for accelerating the development of therapies. MDA’s advocacy efforts have led to the adoption of ACT for ALS, which will accelerate treatment access for the ALS community. To find out more visit mda.org and follow MDA on instagram, Facebook, Twitter, ICT Tacand LinkedIn.

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