Steve Gleason praises Oscar winner for recognizing ALS

Published: Feb. 23, 2015 at 11:16 PM CST
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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - When actor Eddie Redmayne won the Oscar for Best Actor for his portrayal of ALS patient Stephen Hawking in the "Theory of Everything", it caught the attention of local sports hero Steve Gleason, who also suffers from ALS.

But it is what Redmayne said during his acceptance speech that made Gleason take to Twitter announcing his pleasure with Redmayne's comments.

According to a post on his Facebook page, Gleason, who watched the awards show from a local hospital with family and friends, said, "What a stud Eddie Redmayne is". During his acceptance speech, Redmayne dedicated his win to everyone across the world, who battles ALS. In the post, Gleason said that it was fitting to have an Oscar dedicated to those battling ALS. The post also stated that Gleason was feeling much better and plans to go home Monday night.

Also in the post, he ranted about treatment for ALS. "It is not ok that there is still no treatment or cure for ALS," said Gleason. "It is unacceptable that significant resources have not been directed to accelerate critical research. ALS should not be a death sentence," Gleason added. "While a few people like Stephen Hawking have lived for decades with ALS, 99.9% do not. Although awareness has recently been raised to a new level. A sense of urgency and outrage are desperately needed." ?#?notquietly.

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