On Independence Day, Major League Baseball (MLB) will “make a huge difference in the fight against Lou Gehrig’s disease,” says Augie Nieto, co-chair with his wife Lynne of MDA’s ALS Division.
In partnership with MDA’s Augie’s Quest and three other national ALS organizations, MLB is launching “4♦ALS Awareness,” an effort to raise awareness of the disease that’s come to be associated with baseball great Lou Gehrig. July 4, 2009, marks the 70th anniversary of Gehrig’s famous farewell speech at Yankee Stadium.
4♦ALS events will be held in MLB stadiums around the country, and an MLB online auction is planned. In addition to MDA’s Augie’s Quest, the other organizations are the ALS Association, the ALS Therapy Development Institute and Project A.L.S. More information about scheduled events will run in the MDA ALS Newsmagazine closer to July 4.