SPOKANE, Wash.--Steve Gleason underwent a successful tracheotomy Monday night to help him breathe. Gleason battles with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
A Team Gleason spokeswoman said he "did very well." She added, "No doubt this will enable him to be more active in his mission to continue living a productive and rich life as a husband, father, adventurer and advocate for the end of ALS."
Gleason is a former Gonzaga Prep, Washington State University and New Orleans Saints football star.
On Monday afternoon, Gleason tweeted that he was going to the hospital. He called the surgery semi-planned.
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Gleason also tweeted, “I believe in the power of intention, prayer, meditation, etc. I appreciate your unified focus on healing.”
I believe in the power of intention, prayer, meditation, etc. I appreciate your unified focus on healing. #NoWhiteFlags -SG— steve gleason (@TeamGleason) May 19, 2014
The former football star is in a wheelchair and tweets with his eyes.
The Spokane native’s battle with ALS inspired KREM 2 News’ Project Inspire campaign. Gleason made it his mission to inspire others and better the lives of ALS patients.