Gleason reunited with classic car |
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Decades after his grandfather bought the 1965 Mustang, the car arrived at Steve Gleason's house in New Orleans, beautifully restored and ready for show. It's decked out in New Orleans Saints colors and though Steve can't drive it himself anymore, it will be the driving force behind fundraisers for Team Gleason.
The car was Gleason's grandfather's, but he didn't get to drive it much. When Steve was old enough, his mom Gail tells me, the keys were handed over to him. He had always planned to get it down to New Orleans, where he was playing for the Saints. But, it never happened. Now, dealing with ALS and confined to a wheelchair, Steve and his team are finding new ways use the car to help other patients battling the disease.
As KXLY reported last month, several of Gleason's friends have spent the last few months restoring that car, which has sat for decades in the garage. This weekend, it arrived in New Orleans and will soon to be put to work for Team Gleason.
In the coming weeks, Mustang clubs and dealerships plan to use it for fundraising. John Ward, who spearheaded the plan to restore the car, will stay in the Crescent City for a few days to make sure it's running smoothly.
"It's all about using it as a tool to get more people involved," says John's son J.D. "Raising awareness, raising money... to help so many others that have ALS that don't have the resources Steve does. That was my dad's overall goal. To do some kind of good.