SPOKANE, Wash. -- A fundraiser Tuesday night had people in Downtown Spokane sipping a new beer for a good cause.
Bowl'z Bitez & Spiritz teamed up with Orlison Brewing for the fundraiser for former NFL star Steve Gleason’s foundation. The event featured a beer named in Gleason’s honor.
A portion of the sales from "Pilsner 37" are to be donated to Team Gleason, a charity committed to improving the lives of people suffering from ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). Gleason wore the number 37 during his playing days.
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Gleason was a two-time GSL Defensive MVP as a dominating Bullpup linebacker in the mid-90’s and is a member of the Gonzaga Prep Hall of Fame. He went on to star at linebacker at WSU and played for the New Orleans Saints from 2000-2008 as a standout special teams player and safety.
Gleason was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, in January 2011. ALS is considered a terminal neuro-muscular disease. He has since dedicated his life to Team Gleason, an organization created by him, his friends and family that generates public awareness for ALS and raises funding to empower ALS patients.
To learn more about the Gleason Initiative Foundation and how to donate, click here.