Friday, April 4, 2008

Curts Pitch 4 ALS Goes Global!

Curt Schilling is on the DL but that does'nt stop his ALS Advocacy.

The Boston Red Sox's travel to Japan for exhibition games and Curt took time to visit ALS patients and their families at the Tokyo Dome. There are approximately 8,000 known ALS patients living in Japan. It is thought however that there are 75% of that number living in Japan that are coping with ALS undiagnosed. The ALS chapter was started in 1986 and works in relative obscurity, which is unfortunate. Curt's plan is to change that in the 2008 baseball season.
Curts Pitch 4 ALS is a program started 17 years ago. Basically Shonda and Curt donate $100 dollars per strikeout, and $1000 per win to the local ALS Chapter(s). What started as a program to benefit the Philadelphia ALS chapter run by their friend and tireless advocate Ellyn Phyllips has now grown to encompass the Arizona and Boston Chapters of ALS.
Curt has recruited pitcher Daisuke Matsuzakas and is hopeful that he can generate a massive amount of awareness for ALS in Japan. So far the Japanese players are not involved with ALS, and the ties are just too strong between the game and the disease to not try and make that happen.

Me thinks that nominating Curt Schilling to run for public office would be a good thing but this Ambassador is very simply over qualified.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"The defining challenge of the 21st century will be to face the reality that humanity shares a common fate on a crowded planet. We have reached the beginning of the century with 6.6 billion people living in an interconnected global economy producing an astounding $60 trillion of output each year. Human beings fill every ecological niche on the planet, from the icy tundra to the tropical rain forests to the deserts. In some locations, societies have outstripped the carrying capacity of the land, resulting in chronic hunger, environmental degradation and a large-scale exodus of desperate populations. We are, in short, in one another's faces as never before, crowded into an interconnected society of global trade, migration, ideas and, yes, risk of pandemic diseases, terrorism, refugee movements and conflict. " - Jeffrey Sachs, Time, March 24, 2008

Curt Schilling seems to understand this. Why don't others catch on that this ALS is a global health problem that cries for a coordinated global commitment? We know that PALS can trip over things because of a nasty disease. The rest of us are tripping over a huge opportunity to address ALS globally and have no excuse. Go, Curt! You did more with a simple K ALS on your shoe than any communications campaign has ever delivered. You're showing us the way to a global commitment to address a global problem.