Kathie Lee Gifford and her family are hoping that their tough loss can help others.
They say the former football star suffered from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy — AKA CTE — because of all the concussions he had back when he was an active athlete.
The 62-year-old and her family learned about the injury before the sportscaster died at the age of 84. They revealed in a statement that they have decided to donate his brain to be studied, saying:
“We decided to disclose our loved one’s condition to honor Frank’s legacy of promoting player safety dating back to his involvement in the formation of the NFL Players Association in the 1950s.”
Those close to the New York Giants alum explained that he had been really concerned with raising awareness about the seriousness of head trauma — like the kind experienced in the hard-hitting game — adding:
“During the last years of his life Frank dedicated himself to understanding the recent revelations concerning the connection between repetitive head trauma and its associated cognitive and behavioral symptoms├óΓé¼ΓÇ£which he experienced firsthand.”
The TV personality’s brood admitted that the decision to donate the sports star’s vital organ has helped them cope with his painful passing, continuing:
“We miss him every day, now more than ever, but find comfort in knowing that by disclosing his condition we might contribute positively to the ongoing conversation that needs to be had; that he might be an inspiration for others suffering with this disease that needs to be addressed in the present; and that we might be a small part of the solution to an urgent problem concerning anyone involved with football, at any level.”
Even though the disease was caused by the physically dangerous nature of his career, Frank’s family still stands by the League, saying they support the “recent on-field rule changes and procedures to make the game Frank loved so dearly├óΓé¼ΓÇ£and the players he advocated so tirelessly for├óΓé¼ΓÇ£as safe as possible.”
We’re glad this famous family is able to turn such a sad situation into something helpful for plenty of other people.
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