ALS and the Legacy of Lou Gehrig: Remembering a Courageous Journey

ALS and the Legacy of Lou Gehrig: Remembering a Courageous Journey
Image Credit: Lou Gehrig
On July 4, 1939, Yankee Stadium saw 61,808 spectators as the New York Yankees played two games against the Washington Senators. The day held importance not only for the baseball matches but also for paying tribute to Lou Gehrig, whose career was ended by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Babe Ruth was there to pay tribute to his iconic teammate, creating a significant moment in the history of baseball.

Gehrig’s Diagnosis and Legacy

Gehrig’s streak of playing in consecutive games came to a close at 2,130 at the beginning of May 1939. An unsuccessful comeback in a June minor league match prompted him to consult with doctors at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Harold Habein determined that he had ALS, an illness that had also taken the life of Habein’s mother. This illness would eventually become known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.”
Over the years, ALS has continued to affect numerous individuals, going beyond its connection to Lou Gehrig. The diagnosis is frequently met with intense emotions, showing how serious the disease is and how deeply it affects people.

The Battle of Chris Engler

Charley Walters from the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported in 2021 that ALS was diagnosed in former NBA player Chris Engler. Engler’s narrative showcases the resilience and the unwavering influence of the disease. At 65 years old, Engler, a former dominant force in basketball, now faces major physical constraints caused by ALS.
Engler has undergone many treatments and continues to receive support from loved ones. Interactions with old colleagues and pals bring feelings of happiness and reminiscence, despite his ongoing fight against the worsening of the illness.

Personal Connections and Courage

Engler’s experience illustrates the impact that ALS has on both emotions and physical well-being. He stays linked to his past, remembering friendships and moments from his basketball days. His daughter, Carina, was partly named after a brave young girl he met in Sweden after his basketball career, representing the lasting influence of personal connections in his life.

Hope for the Future

Engler and Cara, his wife, remain hopeful about progress in ALS studies. Even though progress has been slow following Gehrig’s diagnosis and passing, the search for successful treatments and a cure is ongoing. The Englers’ narrative highlights the significance of backing and investigation in combatting ALS, striving towards a future free from the immense impact of the disease.
Maya Rodriguez
Greetings, fellow basketball aficionados! I'm Maya Rodriguez, a storyteller at heart, weaving tales of the game I love. Specializing in women's basketball, I'm on a mission to shine a spotlight on the incredible narratives often overlooked. Through my articles, I not only break down scores and stats but also share the inspiring journeys of female athletes. Join me in celebrating the resilience, skill, and passion that define women's basketball – because every hoop deserves its heroine.

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