Super Bowl Tragedy: ALS patient dies en route


Ed Cushman had a dream of attending the Super Bowl, and was thrilled when he received tickets for the game from Team Gleason, an ALS charity. Ed invited his brother Rob.

 Sadly, Ed never made it to the game.

 Rob was driving his brother to Atlanta when the modified van they were in began having problems. 

 “The van just started rattling really bad,” Rob recalled. “I got out, inspected everything and then real quick, I noticed smoke coming from the bottom of the car.”

 It burst into flames, while Ed was still strapped inside.

 “We couldn’t get the wheelchair loose and back out,” Rob said. “I tried to pull him out, but it just wasn’t possible.”

 While the family is mourning Ed’s death, they take solace knowing he’ll no longer endure the pain of ALS.

 “He’s in a better place,” Rob said. “He’s got his strength back, and he’s okay now. Doesn’t have to suffer.”

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