Paul Goldschmidt, a finalist for Phi Delta Fraternity's Lou Gehrig Memorial Award, presented lifelong Cardinals fan Len Jax with a brand new Cardinals-branded wheelchair prior to the St. Louis Cardinals' Lou Gehrig Day game last night. Len, a retired teacher, was diagnosed with PLS and then ALS in 2014. We are so grateful to our friends at the Permobil Foundation for their collaboration in providing safety and independence to incredible ALS community members as part of Live Like Lou and Phi Delta Theta's Lou Gehrig Day celebrations.
Goldschmidt, the National League MVP in 2022, 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 Len's wheelchair.
Brendan Schmitt and his family attended the Cardinals game and our staff was able to present Brendan with his Iron Horse Scholarship check. Brendan is one of four Iron Horse Scholarship recipients for 2023. Selected from a pool of more than 80 applicants, Brendan's story of his grandmother Joyce's inspiration in his life was remarkable. Joyce lost her battle with ALS in October 2018. "This scholarship is more than just the financial help; I feel like it is a way I am connected to my grandma again," shared Brendan.