I am Eleta Donaldson
living with ALS
I am so lucky to have met my husband through kitten ball/baseball. He is my support and caregiver as I try to live with this terrible disease.
To the owners, player and managers of Major League Baseball,
I am living with ALS. In one of the newsletters from I AM ALS there was an announcement about Major League Baseball supporting the ALS community by celebrating the inaugural Lou Gehrig Day. The I AM ALS organization requested letters about how Major League Baseball has impacted our lives. At first, I didn’t think baseball did anything for me. But I was wrong.
I have fond memories of my dad listening to the Twins on the radio as we worked in the garage or did yard work. I remember the announcer Halsey Hall and the great Harmon Killebrew.
As kids, we played many games of baseball. Paper plates were used for the bases which made running the bases very interesting. We never had enough players to make a team so we had “ghost runners”. There were many arguments about the ghost runner making it to home base.
I met my husband on the coed kitten ball team. My roommate was organizing a team for her company. She needed more women so she drafted me. We played several seasons of kitten ball and even made it to state a couple of times. I am so lucky to have met my husband through kitten ball/baseball. He is my support and caregiver as I try to live with this terrible disease.
Thank you so much for creating a Lou Gehrig Day. With your help, ALS research will receive the funding necessary to find cures.