Ramon Antonio Vargas / The New Orleans Advocate
Saints owner Tom Benson’s latest multimillion dollar charitable donation will help one of his own help others.
Benson and his wife, Gayle, are giving $5 million to former Saints special-teams ace Steve Gleason, an advocate for people living their lives with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a neuromuscular disease that the player has and that put him in a wheelchair.
Gleason will use the gift to help his philanthropic foundation, Team Gleason, operate its House for Innovative Living, the group said in a news release Monday. The money will be used to cover operating expenses for the home, a residence in New Orleans’ St. Margaret Hospital outfitted with computer-operated technology designed to give up to 18 people fighting ALS as much independence as possible. It is said to be only the second building of its kind in the world.