Former Saints defensive back, Steve Gleason, was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (commonly referred to as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease) at the age of thirty-four. He was given five years to live.

But that hasn’t stopped him from living life to the fullest. Turning a devastating prognosis into a life overflowing with love and purpose, Gleason and his wife captured bits of their incredible journey in the upcoming documentary film, Gleason.

WARNING: You’ll need the Kleenex:

Shortly after being diagnosed, the Gleason family learned they were expecting their first child.

According to Team Gleason:

Determined to live his remaining years to its fullest, Steve goes on an expedition to Alaska, creates a foundation to help other ALS patients, repairs a rocky relationship with his father and embraces new technologies to help compensate for his deteriorating physical abilities — all with Michel’s unwavering support. Brimming with humor and heart, this inspirational documentary follows a man who battles overwhelming adversity to find his true purpose in life.

Amazon Studios picked up rights to the film which will be released in select theaters July 29.

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