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Steve Gleason travels to Washington DC for State of the Union address

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Former Cougar football player, NFL star, New Orleans Saints legend and inspiration to everyone was invited to watch last night's State of the Union address in person.

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Steve Gleason is a lot of things to a lot of people, but to those with ALS and their loved ones he represents hope for a cure.

On Tuesday, Gleason was invited to Washington by Louisiana senator David Vitter to watch the State of the Union address and meet with various important figures in the field of health and medicine. Vitter recently introduced a new bill that would expand medicare funding to include power wheelchairs and speaking devices, like the ones Gleason uses, to those with advanced stages of diseases. He hoped that inviting Gleason would shine a light on the issue.

KREM News out of Spokane also covered Gleason's trip and posted a very thorough recap of the story.

While you might not be able to cast your vote in congress, there is something you can do from home. Coach Ernie Kent is taking part in a charity fan poll, sponsored by ESPN. Kent's chosen charity is Team Gleason. Information on that, is below.

Actually Important Internet Poll

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Coach Kent is participating and attempting to win money for Team Gleason. It's a bracket style tournament, with more money given out the deeper the coaches go. Get in there. Vote early. Vote often. Win money for Team Gleason.

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