Team Gleason could be getting some help from the U.S. Senate. According to U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu's office, the state's senior senator has inserted $7.5 million for ALS research into a defense spending bill as a result of her partnership with Saints hero Steve Gleason.
The funding measure, which was added to the bill that funds the U.S. Dept. of Defense for 2015, is designed to fund technological advances and medical research that would work toward finding a cure for the terminal illness, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
The bill was passed by a committee on Thursday, and now goes before the full U.S. Senate.
“This funding will help raise awareness of the disease and get us one step closer to hopefully reaching a cure,” said Sen. Landrieu. “Steve Gleason has continued to serve as a strong advocate for the ALS community and serves as an inspiration to all those suffering with this tragic disease.
Gleason, who famously blocked the Falcons' punt in the Black and Gold's first game back in the Superdome after the Federal Flood, has sought to draw attention to ALS research, and serve as an example perservance when battling a devastating disease.
Gleason met with Landrieu in March to discuss policy options for ALS research, the Senator's office said.