Acclaimed Documentary on Living with ALS to Show at UM

January 12, 2017

MISSOULA — MonTECH, a division of the University of Montana Rural Institute, will present “Gleason,” a critically acclaimed documentary that chronicles the life of a former NFL player following his ALS diagnosis, from 7 to 9:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, in the University Center Theater.

The hit documentary from the 2016 Sundance Film Festival goes inside the life of Steve Gleason, the former New Orleans Saints defensive back who, at age 34, was diagnosed with ALS and given a life expectancy of two to five years. Weeks later, Gleason found out his wife, Michel, was expecting their first child.

A video journal that began as a gift for his unborn son expands to chronicle Steve’s determination to get his relationships in order, build a foundation to provide other ALS patients with purpose, and adapt to his declining physical condition using medical technologies that offer the means to live as fully as possible. A preview of the film can be viewed online at https://youtu.be/WgkQU32XSFQ.

The event is free and open to the public, but donations are encouraged. All proceeds benefit Team Gleason, the nonprofit Gleason founded to support the ALS community.

MonTECH provides technology, support and services that improve the quality of life for Montanans with disabilities. For information on MonTECH’s programs and support is available online at http://montech.ruralinstitute.umt.edu/

Contact: MonTECH, 406-243-5511, montech@ruralinstitute.umt.edu.