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Empowering people with ALS to live purposeful lives.

Team Gleason has provided over $20 million in adventure, technology, equipment, and care services to over 30,000 people living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and countless others through advocacy, support and ultimately bringing an end to the disease.

NO WHITE FLAGS. It’s the mantra that drives Team Gleason, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to serving individuals with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) – a terminal neuromuscular disease. When Steve Gleason, a former NFL special teams player for the New Orleans Saints, was diagnosed with ALS in 2011, he made it clear that he wouldn’t give up – on himself, on his family, or on others also living with the disease.

In response to his diagnosis, Steve, along with his spouse Michel, founded Team Gleason with a mission to empower people with ALS to live purposeful lives. Team Gleason, through its diverse and broad-reaching programming, brings assistive technology, equipment, and robust support services into the hands of ALS patients – with a goal of helping individuals with ALS not just survive, but thrive after a devastating diagnosis.


Vote for Team Gleason in Gambit’s Best of New Orleans Poll 2022

Show your support and vote for Team Gleason as the Best Non-profit in New Orleans in the ‘Local Life’ section of the ballot.
Voting will take place through August 31, 2022.


To improve life for people living with ALS by delivering innovative technology and equipment, as well as providing and empowering an improved life experience.


A world where people living with ALS have the resources and the opportunities to not only continue living, but continue living productive, purposeful, and meaningful lives.

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What’s Steve Gleason saying?

I feel purposeful and fulfilled with where I am. I’m excited about what is ahead. There were days in the past when I was so frustrated and hopeless. I felt death might be a welcome alternative to this life. Those hopeless days are behind me. I love my life. -SG

What’s Steve Gleason saying?

I almost break Everyday. Sometimes every hour. Every moment. Almost... My Soul, Your Soul, Our Soul – Is Invincible.... -SG

What’s Steve Gleason saying?

Life IS fair. It's impartial to me, and everyone. If I can become an expert on the "rules" of life, and the skills to navigate life, anything is possible. Each moment spent dwelling on the "unfairness" is a moment lost. -SG

What’s Steve Gleason saying?

Gratitude is sacred. In the midst of immense suffering, I started a daily gratitude journal. Gratitude has been a path to resilience, strength, and joy.  -SG

What’s Steve Gleason saying?

Here's an exercise I think more parents should practice... "If I die in the next day or the next year, have I done everything I can to ensure that my kids have, or will have, the tools to rebound and live a more positive, meaningful, triumphant life." -SG

What’s Steve Gleason saying?

Life is difficult. Not just for me or other ALS patients. Life is difficult for everyone. Finding ways to make life meaningful and purposeful and rewarding, doing the activities that you love and spending time with the people that you love - I think that's the meaning of this human experience. -SG

What’s Steve Gleason saying?

If we have a purpose in life beyond being a cog in the human machine, mine is to help inspire people and that's pretty cool. I would like to motivate the world. -SG

What’s Steve Gleason saying?

I look at the human life like an experiment. Every new moment, every new experience, tragic or otherwise, is an opportunity to gain a more accurate perspective and helps lead me to clarity. -SG

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