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Continuing their efforts to raise awareness of ALS, the Detroit Tigers hosted a special event at Comerica Park before the May 23 game against the Toronto Blue Jays. The event was held in advance of Lou Gehrig Day on June 2, when the team played in Boston. 

More than 400 individuals, including those directly impacted by ALS, their families, and staff from organizations that serve those living with ALS gathered for an informal pregame event organized through four local ALS-focused organizations: ALS of Michigan, ALS Association – Michigan Chapter, I AM ALS, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

“To bring the ALS community together, to be able to watch America’s favorite pastime baseball together, is inspiring,” said Rose Lull, fundraising and marketing manager at ALS Michigan. “I’ve been so inspired by these families. It’s amazing.”

Hosting this experience offered an opportunity for members of the ALS community to connect and enjoy a day of baseball in a supportive environment,” said Jon Perry, community impact manager for Ilitch Sports + Entertainment. “It’s an honor to welcome the ALS community and raise awareness for such a crucial cause, both on and off the field.”

During the gathering, select individuals shared their personal experiences with ALS and discussed the importance of Lou Gehrig Day. They highlighted how Major League Baseball and the Detroit Tigers have been instrumental in raising awareness and funds for ALS research and care.

Lou Gehrig Day, established as June 2 across Major League Baseball in 2021, is observed annually by all MLB clubs. The day commemorates the legendary New York Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig, who succumbed to ALS in 1941. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a neurodegenerative condition that progressively destroys nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, leading to loss of muscle control and movement.

Learn more about how the Tigers and Major League Baseball are supporting the ALS community by visiting MLB.com/4ALS.