Gonzaga Prep and WSU grad Steve Gleason has spent the last year sharing the story of his battle with Lou Gehrig's disease, or ALS. Now he's back in the Inland Northwest giving back.
You could see why Steve Gleason is not giving up his battle with ALS on the golf course Monday. Why, as he says, he isn't raising any white flags.
Steve wasn't playing, he can't, but through every golf shot you could see why he isn't giving up. Because there's an army of support right behind him.
The Steve Gleason Classic brought celebrities and sponsors. It also brought his friends and former teammates like Grady Emmerson.
"He's always the guy who's done stuff that we just don't have the guts to do, he just does it. So it's inspiring that way and this is our chance to give back and help him," Emmerson said.
"He was the toughest kid I ever coached in the 46 years of coaching. Had a knee surgery, a scope on Sunday night, and played Saturday," Steve's WSU coach Bill Doba said.
The day brought stories of Steve's time in the Inland Northwest and his future triumphs around the world.
"To come home and to be able to share valuable time with them is very important to me," he said.
The event raised $250,000 for a variety of charities including Gleason's.
"It speaks volumes to the community here in the Northwest," Gleason said.
He mentioned how some of it will be used to send other ALS patients on adventures of a lifetime.
"Impacting other people in a positive way, it's a win-win for me," he added.
The money will also go to Catholic Charities as well as a Gonzaga Prep student and a WSU student who have siblings battling ALS.