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Date set for Gleason to receive Congressional Gold Medal

Steve Gleason congressional medal
Posted at 10:17 AM, Jan 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-03 11:17:16-05

Former Saints player Steve Gleason will finally receive his Congressional Gold Medal.

On Friday, a full year after being approved, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, announced that a date has been set for a ceremony to award Steve Gleason with the Congressional Gold Medal.

The ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, January 15 in the United States Capitol in Statuary Hall.

Cassidy was the original filer of the legislation to award the medal and says he worked closely with Gleason’s charitable organization, Team Gleason on the project.

“Steve Gleason has shown tremendous courage and resolve in the face of ALS. He has remained positive in the face of extreme adversity, inspiring all who hear his story. Steve deserves this medal, and I look forward to his presentation ceremony,” said Dr. Cassidy.

Cassidy says that Gleason helped work on the medal’s design, which features him in his Saints jersey. It also honors his home state of Washington, with an image of a mountain and alpine forest.

Gleason was diagnosed with ALS in January 2011.

The bill to award Gleason was approved in June of 2018 and passed that December. The bill was signed by President Trump in early 2019. Read our original story here