Todd Joins Celebrity Effort to Fight Lou Gehrig's Disease
'Lou's Team' to be Unveiled May 18 in Washington, DC
May 8, 2000
The ALS Association has named Todd McFarlane to its newly formed "Lou's Team," an active sports council honoring Lou Gehrig comprised of professional athletes and celebrities with an impact on the sports and ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) communities. Lou's Team will officially be announced May 18 in Washington, DC, during ALS Advocacy Day and will work together to raise public awareness of ALS and the work of ALSA to advance the fight against this fatal disease that currently affects some 30,000 Americans.
Other confirmed team members include Carolina Panthers quarterback Steve Beuerlein; ESPN's Dick Schaap; current and former baseball stars Steve Garvey, Kent Hrbeck, George Brett, Curt Schilling, Ernie Banks and David Cone; golfer Tom Lehman; Helen Hunter (Jim "Catfish" Hunter's widow); plus other sports and Hollywood celebrities.
"Todd McFarlane and The McFarlane Collection have brought an immeasurable amount of increased awareness to ALS and the work of the ALS Association," said Mike Havlicek, president. "We are privileged to have Todd join our effort to fight Lou Gehrig's disease in Washington. His appearance will truly make a difference."
When Lou Gehrig died because of ALS in 1941, little was known about the disease other than it took the life of one of America's greatest sports figures, whose name now signifies amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Advocacy Day will kick off the Lou Gehrig Challenge/Cure ALS, a $25 million, five-year research initiative - the largest the association has ever undertaken. Todd will be part of a Subcommittee Hearing held by Sen. Arlen Specter from Pennsylvania, and will open The McFarlane Collection exhibit at the city's ESPN Zone Restaurant, among other activities and media interviews. The Collection will be at the restaurant through May 21, and is free to the public.
ALSA has been the national charity of choice for The McFarlane Collection tour, receiving 100 percent of all proceeds from fund-raising. Since June 1999, the tour has raised tens of thousands of dollars to fight the disease that has taken the lives of such notables as baseball hall of famer Jim "Catfish" Hunter, actors Michael Zazlow and David Niven, U.S. Senator Jacob Javits, heavyweight champion Ezzard Charles, jazz pianist Charles Mingus and NFL player Glenn Montgomery.