Lou Gehrig Day 2024 with the St. Louis Cardinals

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First baseman Paul Goldschmidt of the St. Louis Cardinals received Phi Delta Theta Fraternity’s Lou Gehrig Memorial Award last night in a special on-field presentation ahead of the Cardinals' Lou Gehrig Day celebration. As a result of his recognition, the Permobil Foundation and Numotion joined Live Like Lou on the field to surprise a local ALS hero with a power wheelchair.

John Ceriotti, a die-hard Cardinals fan, and Phi Delt alumnus, was surprised with a Cardinals-branded power wheelchair. John cared for his sister, Bernadette, who battled ALS until 2015. In 2020, John was diagnosed with ALS. Since then, John has fought against ALS by participating in groundbreaking trials and advocating with policymakers for better access to needed research. With the support of his loved ones, John strives to make ALS a liveable disease.

Goldschmidt, this year's Lou Gehrig Memorial Award winner, was honored for his work in the community and leadership on and off the field. He took a moment during the pre-game celebration to autograph John's wheelchair.

The Gehrig Award is presented annually to a Major League Baseball player who best exemplifies the giving character of Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig, who was a member of the Fraternity’s Columbia University chapter. The award was first presented in 1955 and is permanently maintained at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York.

The Ceriotti Family with representatives from Live Like Lou, Phi Delta Theta, the Permobil Foundation, and Numotion.

Live Like Lou is so appreciative of our community and supporters who were in attendance to help us leave ALS better than we found it!

Together, we can make a difference while honoring Lou Gehrig’s legacy. Here are ways you can help! 

  • Volunteer to serve a family impacted by ALS through our Connect and Serve Program
  • Donate today. Your gift of any amount will help Live Like Lou provide grants for respite and home improvement and financial assistance for ALS individual’s dependents. 
  • Has your family been impacted by ALS? Register for Services.
  • Join Lou's Crew today! Inspired by the crew that wrapped their arms around Lou Gehrig and supported him upon receiving his fatal ALS diagnosis, you too can join the team to promote ALS awareness, raise money for ALS research, and leave ALS better than we found it. Raise $444 during the calendar year, and earn a well-deserved spot as a proud member of Lou's Crew. Are you up for the challenge?
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