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Gretchen Piscotty, mother of former Cardinal Stephen Piscotty, has passed away - A Hunt and Peck

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Thoughts go out to the Piscotty family.

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Our time in this world is not long enough. It is one of the cruel facts of mortality. One day our loved ones must leave us and no matter how much time we have spent together, it is just never enough, is it?

In May of 2017 Gretchen Piscotty, mother of then-Cardinal Stephen Piscotty, was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a disease, according the ALS Association ALS, that is “a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.” This causes a loss of voluntary muscle movement, which ultimately leads to the inability to walk, speak, eat, or even breathe. The disease is progressive and there is no cure. A little less than a year later, on Sunday, May 6, 2018, Gretchen Piscotty passed away.

ESPN released a feature on the Piscotty family. It is very moving.

This Sunday is a day to honor and thank our mothers and the mother-figures in our lives. Although the holiday has become more of a gimmick throughout the years - a greeting card holiday as people say - it is a good opportunity for those of us fortunate enough to have mothers and mother-figures or just people that care about us in our lives to remind ourselves how lucky we are. As Noah Syndergaard so thoughtfully wrote:

My heart is heavy is for Stephen Piscotty and his family. May they in their sorrow find comfort and peace.

If you would like to donate to research for discovering a cure for ALS, please check out this link: https://www.youcaring.com/piscotty

The Oakland Athletics are matching donations up to $50,000. Chicago Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish has donated $10,000 to ALS research in honor of Gretchen Piscotty.

Stephen Piscotty's Mother, Gretchen, Dies of ALS at Age 55 | 101Sports.com

Piscotty loses mom, less than year after her ALS diagnosis | USA Today

Yu Darvish donated $10,000 to ALS research after the passing of Stephen Piscotty’s mother | SBNation.com

Yu Darvish donates $10,000 to ALS research in honor of Stephen Piscotty's mother | Chicago Sun-Times

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