In the face of adversity, amongst many humans who give in, others refuse to bow down. Former NFL player Steve Micheal Gleason is one of those individuals who have fought inevitable adversities with hope and grace. 

In 2011, Steve Gleason was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) which is a fatal disease. In this disease, the human body’s motor neurons stop functioning, which leads to a complete inability to speak, walk, stand, or breathe on their own. 

With ALS, the body slowly shuts down which makes the affected person helpless and increases dependency on others for even simple basic tasks. It is fatal and there is no cure for ALS. The disease is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

However, Gleason did not let this gloomy situation get the best of him. Instead, he used this as an opportunity to serve humanity. 

Steve Gleason created the Team Gleason Foundation which is a not for profit organization dedicated to aiding people with ALS. The foundation helps through advanced equipment, technology, and various services. 

So far the organization has raised $10 million to support more than 15,000 people suffering from ALS. All this was made possible because Gleason wanted to help those who are going through the same struggles as him. 

In light of his splendidly successful initiative to aid humanity, he was recently awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. A ceremony was held at the Statuary Hall in the U.S Capitol where Steve Gleason was awarded the medal. 

A Congressional Gold Medal is the highest honor given to civilians by Congress. To honor someone with this award, approval from the sitting president is required.

After receiving the medal, Gleason gave an amazing speech in which he said that he is honored. Gleason expressed how undeserving he is to accept the medal, given that there is a long list of people who are working to help others selflessly.