When Florida State takes the field Friday afternoon inside Dick Howser Stadium, not only will the Seminoles be renewing their rivalry with USF, but they will also be helping to raise awareness for ALS.
ALS, which stands for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease. It is a progressive, neurodegenerative disease with no known cause or cure.
People with ALS become paralyzed when the motor neuron cells in their brain and spinal cord die which results in the muscles wasting away. Most people with ALS lose their ability to walk, speak, eat, and eventually to breathe. The average life expectancy for those with ALS is only 2 to 5 years after diagnosis.
The disease hit home during the 2010 and 2011 Seminole baseball seasons when former Florida State pitcher Tyler Everett discovered that his father Jimmy, a former Seminole wide receiver and long-time high school coach and administrator in Leon County, was diagnosed with ALS following the conclusion on his sophomore season in 2009.
On Friday, February 22, Florida State athletics and the baseball program will host its third annual ALS Awareness Game on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium when the Seminoles take on the USF Bulls in game one of a three-game series at 4:00 p.m.
The ALS Association Florida Chapter will be represented by several people on Friday including Lizzie Danner, the Tallahassee Walk Manager.
Danner and several volunteers will be manning a table in Haggard Plaza before and during the game, where they will be providing information about ALS and also selling the popular $1 red bracelets to raise awareness. Fans interested in giving will be able to Text "ALS" to 20222 and make a $5 donation.
Fans will also have the opportunity to register for the ‘Tallahassee Walk to Defeat ALS' which will be held on Saturday, April 20. Fans can also register for the walk online at www.WalktoDefeatALS.org.
Additional information about ALS is available online at www.ALSAFL.org or by calling 1-888-257-1717.