By Ann Rubin
St. Louis (KSDK) - The Cardinals going to the World Series is a dream come true for one die-hard fan suffering from ALS. He'll get to watch a World Series game from the stands.
He's paralyzed from the neck down, so it isn't easy for Tom Gassner to get around, but his daughter thought if she could just find a way to get tickets he could find a way to brave the crowd in his wheelchair.
"I'm a pretty big fan," said Tom, Gassner.
No one is more excited about the Cardinals trip to the World Series than Gassner.
He's always loved the team, and loved seeing the games. Though lately, he's just been watching from home.
"I'm in a wheelchair now, so it's kind of tough to get around," said Gassner.
In 2004, he was diagnosed with ALS or Lou Gherig's disease. The disease ultimately causes paralysis, and is incurable. And as he lost control of his arms and legs, getting to Busch Stadium got more difficult.
It minimizes what he can do for enjoyment, and he's limited a lot to watching TV," said his brother-in-law Jack Corey.
"I haven't been to the park in a couple of years," said Gassner.
His daughter, Erica, wanted to change that.
An email to NewsChannel 5 got passed onto the Cardinals, and the team came through.
NewsChannel 5 got to break the news that Gassner would be going to Game 2 of the World Series.
"Awesome. That's awesome. That's great," he said.
"Tthis will be fantastic. He'll have a great time. I'll have a great time," said his wife, Debra.
The Cardinals want to make sure of that. He'll have a wheelchair accessible seat, and even a custom jersey.
The Gassner's say this is an amazing gift, an opportunity to make some unforgettable memories.
"And to do it at a World Series game for the team that we love, and to be a part of that experience, it's like Christmas," said Corey.
"And that's what it's all about to be part of that experience of all those tens of thousands of people just cheering on their team. It's a lot of fun," said Gassner.
Gassner's father, uncle and aunt also had ALS. He has been involved in research studies on the disease at the Washington University's school of medicine.