Larry Stansberry New Orleans: Team Gleason House

Larry Stansberry of New Orleans has been the Chief Executive Officer at St. Margaret's since 2001. St. Margaret's offers two skilled nursing facilities, a Home Health and Hospice, and a residence known as Team Gleason House for people who are suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and multiple sclerosis.

As Larry Stansberry of New Orleans knows, the Team Gleason House is a project of the Gleason Foundation, a project of former New Orleans Saints football player Steve Gleason, who was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, in 2011. The Team Gleason House was funded in part by New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson, who donated five million dollars toward its construction.

ALS is sometimes called Lou Gehrig's Disease, after the former New York Yankee who was diagnosed with the disease in 1939 and died from it two years later. It is a degenerative disease of the central nervous system that causes muscle weakness and seriously impacts the physical abilities of the patient.

While the disease can be inherited, doctors don't usually understand why ALS occurs. It can begin with a twitching of the muscles in a leg or an arm, or sometimes with a slurring of speech. In time it affects the ability of the patient to speak, eat and breathe. There is no known cure for the disease and the prognosis is bleak; it eventually leads to death.

But as Larry Stansberry New Orleans knows, ALS usually patients remain mentally alert and are able to function cognitively. The Team Gleason House at St. Margaret's at Mercy provides them with a means of doing so.

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