This summer, baseball celebrated the 75th anniversary of Lou Gehrig's "luckiest man in the world" speech. 75 years since the man who never missed a game was mysteriously afflicted by Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, a disease that few had heard of and even fewer understood. 75 years in which very little progress has been made in understanding the disease and almost no progress has been made fighting it.
In most years, the publicity surrounding the 75th anniversary would have been the most ALS would receive. In fact, the spotlight shone on the disease that weekend was probably the most it had ever received. And at that moment no one could have imagined how drastically that was about to change.