In May 2017, after dozens of tests and multiple opinions, Gretchen Piscotty was diagnosed with ALS. Her eldest son, Stephen Piscotty, was playing for the St. Louis Cardinals at the time, and in December 2018, the Cardinals traded Stephen to the Oakland Athletics to be closer to his mother. The baseball community was incredibly supportive of the move and thousands of people took to social media to show their support for Stephen and Gretchen.

Today, March 29, 2018, is the 2018 Opening Day and Stephen’s regular-season debut with the Oakland A’s. To read more about Stephen's journey to the A's you can check out this article from

Now back in his hometown, Stephen is using his platform to help Gretchen and others living with ALS. The Piscotty family and their community are rallying to raise awareness and funds for ALS research at the ALS Therapy Development Institute through "Team Gretchen."

In just a few weeks, on April 16, 2018, Gretchen's close friend Beth will run the Boston Marathon to honor Gretchen and raise money for ALS research. You can learn more about Team Gretchen or donate here.