SPOKANE, Wash. -- A local brewing company began canning a new beer in May to raise money for Team Gleason.
Orlison Brewing started canning the first edition of Pilsner 37 Thursday.
A portion of sales from the beer are to be donated to former NFL star Steve Gleason’s foundation, 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.
Gleason was a two-time GSL Defensive MVP as a dominating Bullpup linebacker in the mid-90s and became a member of the Gonzaga Prep Hall of Fame. He went on to star as a linebacker at Washington State University 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 he created with his friends and family to generate public awareness for ALS and to raise funding to empower ALS patients.
To learn more about the Gleason Initiative Foundation and how to donate, click here.