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Thursday, June 23, 2011
Kevin Turner meeting ALS head on

By Tim Graham

Kevin Turner knows he probably won't conquer Lou Gehrig's disease.

That hasn't stopped him from trying to make sure others don't have a better chance to beat it in the future. Turner, the former New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles fullback, helped generate more than $100,000 at an ALS fundraiser last weekend in Nashville.

I first wrote about Turner's heart-breaking circumstances in March. Last year, he was diagnosed amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease, and formed the Kevin Turner Foundation to raise money toward a cure.

"Anyone that was there that night knows I was at a loss for words," Turner said. "Well, I'm still speechless. I can't believe the generosity and concern that I've witnessed in the last year of my life.

"I've said before that I feel blessed, and that may sound strange coming from a guy with ALS, but from where I stand, it doesn't look that way to me. From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank all of the people that made this event possible and were kind enough to help fund the Kevin Turner Foundation so we can continue our fight against ALS and find a cure for this disease."

The latest research indicates repeated head trauma makes football players eight times more likely to be diagnosed with ALS than the average person.