Runner raising funds to fight ALS

Louis Mykoff
Louis Mykoff

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Anyone who knows Louis Mykoff will tell you, it's sometimes hard to keep up with him.

Mykoff is a man on the move - he has a mission.

Mykoff is running from the USS Kidd battleship in downtown Baton Rouge to the steps of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

He plans to run 125 miles down the levee from Baton Rouge to New Orleans, and for a good cause.

"I went through a tough period about three months ago," Mykoff said. "I decided I wanted to go something good."

Mykoff is raising money for Team Gleason, a foundation set up by former New Orleans Saint Steve Gleason. Gleason is battling with ALS, a neuromuscular disease. Team Gleason is set up to provide cutting edge technology for individuals with neuromuscular diseases or injuries.

"Reading his story and hearing all about it, really put my problems into perspective, just how small they were compared to the rest of the world," Mykoff said.

"It really gave me a goal to reach for and it makes me want to do good every single day."

Mykoff set a goal of $10,000 and he's nearly halfway there.

The run is expected to take about five days and will culminate on Monday night at the Steve Gleason statue just outside of the Superdome as the Saints host the Miami Dolphins.

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