Tribute to Lou Gehrig


Lou Gehrig's Farewell Speech

“For the past two weeks you have been reading about a bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth”– Lou Gehrig, July 4, 1939

Almost 75 years ago, Lou Gehrig, one of baseball’s greatest players, stood in front of 62,000 fans at Yankee Stadium and said one of the most memorable speeches in sports history. He died two years later at the age of 38 of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), better known now, as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.  Today, Gehrig remains an inspiration, representing strenght, humility and courage to the thousands of Canadians living with ALS.

Inspired by Lou Gehrig’s speech, and on behalf of The ALS Society of Quebec, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to all those who are part of our team.

Our donors, volunteers, partners in the health care system, participants and families, researchers:

“Dear friends,

Today, The ALS Society of Quebec considers itself the luckiest non-profit organization on the face of this earth.  We have been in service for 31 years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from our supporters. Look at the list of grand men and women who have been part of our team.. Who wouldn’t consider it the highlight of the Society’s existence just to be associated with them for even one day? Sure we’re lucky. Who wouldn’t consider it an honour to have ex-Expos greats such as, Steve Rogers, Andre Dawson, Claude Raymond, Felipe Alou, Pedro Martinez and Moises Alou and former NHLer Vincent Damphousse to help raise awareness over the years? To able to count on the support of ambassadors of our cause, Patrice Roy, Céline Galipeau, Rick Moffat, renowned researchers members of the Alouettes, as well as families touched by ALS? Or to relay on an esteemed group of people from the business community to help raise funds? How about volunteers who tirelessly give us their time and energy? Sure we’re lucky. When donors and sponsors support you – that’s something. When strangers ask how they can help – that’s something. When you have the cooperation from The ALS Clinics across the province and the healthcare network – that’s something. When you have the funds to support cutting edge research and provide the services and programs, for people with ALS – it’s a blessing. When you have people with ALS who are towers of strength and show more courage than you dreamed existed – they are the finest one can know.

“So I close in saying that people touched by ALS might have been given a bad break, but together, we can provide hope and give families an awful lot to live for.”

Claudine Cook
Executive Director, ALS Society of QC

We would like to thank Les Capitales de Québec for artwork celebrating Lou Gehrig. Click on the picture to see the full size.

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75 years ago, Lou Gehrig brought the first major public awareness to ALS. Raising awareness is a crucial step in generating support for our efforts to fund research and families for today’s faces of ALS. Please help us carry on his legacy by helping us raise awareness during ALS Awareness Month and during the  July 4th week by sharing your story with your local newspaper, by creating an event in your area or by signing up for the walks. Every action counts to have our voices heard!


75 later, there is still no cure, no effective treatment, please join our team by volunteering, getting involved in our events or by making a donation. Together we will strike out Lou Gehrig’s Disease!