Bishop McDevitt product LeSean McCoy is helping raise money to fight ALS.
Supporters can donate money for each yard he gains this season. McCoy gained 110 yards rushing on 20 carries in Philadelphia's narrow 17-16 win Sunday over Cleveland.
Here's the info, courtesy of The ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter:
(Ambler, PA) Running back LeSean “Shady” McCoy is today joining with The ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter to start a new program called Fight ALS by the Yard, in honor of his grandmother, Maryann Branch, who passed away from Lou Gehrig’s Disease. By teaming with LeSean off the field, supporters can pledge donations per yards he runs this season and directly impact over 850 families living with ALS in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.
Before becoming the prolific rusher he is today and before being ranked as the 18th best player in the National Football League by his peers, LeSean made a promise to his grandfather to do his part to honor his grandmother and help defeat Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Since then, he has continued to find new and increasingly effective ways to use his generous spirit through bowling events, and the recent LeSean McCoy Celebrity Softball Game in Lancaster, PA. His latest venture, Fight ALS by the Yard, allows supporters to pledge money per yard he runs with all funds going to help people with ALS.
Supporters can sign up to join LeSean’s team at www.alsphiladelphia.org/fightALSbytheyard
“Running into defensive linemen is certainly difficult, but even that isn’t as challenging as living with ALS. Few people understand that as much as LeSean McCoy, and we’re proud to work with him to fight Lou Gehrig’s Disease together,” said Jim Pinciotti, Executive Director of The ALS Association Greater Philadelphia Chapter.
The services that this program will help fund include ALS Association clinics, in-home care, home accessibility, wheelchairs and other equipment, and assistive technology to give people with ALS a voice.
Sponsors for Fight ALS by the Yard include PJ’s High Quality Beef Steak and Yard’s Brewery.
LeSean has met many people with ALS, including Heidi Finefrock, who said after seeing him, “Then and there, I decided I would join him in his fight against this dreaded disease. His parents raised a perfect gentleman.” Heidi’s story is online at http://www.alsphiladelphia.org/page.aspx?pid=1144#FightALSbytheYard
The Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the ALS Association is committed to leading the fight to treat and cure ALS through global research and nationwide advocacy while also empowering people with Lou Gehrig’s Disease and their families to live fuller lives while providing them with compassionate care and support. The Greater Philadelphia Chapter has been the principal charity of the Philadelphia Phillies since 1984. Find out more at www.alsphiladelphia.org.