Steve Gleason, an ex-Saints player who has A.L.S., a motor-neuron disease that afflicts an estimated 20,000 Americans, at home in New Orleans on Dec. 29. Gleason learned he had A.L.S. after retiring from football; he has since formed a group that uses technology to help those with the disease. (Edmund D. Fountain/The New York Times)
Steve Gleason, an ex-Saints player who has A.L.S., a motor-neuron disease that afflicts an estimated 20,000 Americans, at home in New Orleans on Dec. 29. Gleason learned he had A.L.S. after retiring from football; he has since formed a group that uses technology to help those with the disease. (Edmund D. Fountain/The New York Times) EDMUND D. FOUNTAIN NYT
Steve Gleason, an ex-Saints player who has A.L.S., a motor-neuron disease that afflicts an estimated 20,000 Americans, at home in New Orleans on Dec. 29. Gleason learned he had A.L.S. after retiring from football; he has since formed a group that uses technology to help those with the disease. (Edmund D. Fountain/The New York Times) EDMUND D. FOUNTAIN NYT

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