NEW ORLEANS -- A family treasure from former WSU and NFL star Steve Gleason was raffled Sunday to help raise money for ALS research. The raffle raised $75,000 for ALS research.
The 1965 Ford Mustang coupe had been completely restored. The car was Gleason's grandfather's and was given to him later so he could drive it.
Gleason's mother Gail Gleason said her dad would be very proud to see the Mustang raising money to help find a cure.
“It's raising a lot of money,” she said. “Dad would go, 'well, if he had to do something with the mustang that's a good thing to do.'"
The car was raffled Sunday afternoon in New Orleans right before the Saints game. Tickets were $10. All the money raised will help the Gleason Initiative Foundation.
Steve 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.