April 30, 1989 |
Lou Gehrig gave a face -- and a name -- to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, the disease that claimed his life on June 6, 1941, and today remains an incurable killer of thousands of people each year. Gehrig was 6-foot and 200 pounds. He played in a record 2,130 consecutive games for the New York Yankees and was known as the Iron Horse. Yet, all his strength could not fight off the ravages of ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. ALS is a disease of the skeletal muscular motor nerve cells throughout the nervous system.
October 29, 1986 |
Help me. Please, help me. I am suffering. I am in agony. The pain cuts to the bone and shoots to the heart. It lingers there and finally breaks it in two. I am old, and respected, and refined, but when in need of help, no one is there for me. No one comes to my rescue at the last possible minute. No one soothes me with cold compresses and reassures me that everything is going to be all right. I know that it is not going to be all right. It is never all right.