Gretchen Piscotty, mother of Athletics outfielder Stephen Piscotty, passed away on May 6 after a battle with ALS.
“The Athletics organization extends its deepest condolences to the Piscotty family on the loss of Gretchen,” said Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Billy Beane. “She was a devoted wife and mother, whose legacy will live on through her husband, Mike, and their sons Stephen, Austin and Nick.”
Please join us in our support of the Piscotty family. We are committed to matching $50,000 toward much-needed ALS research.
An ALS diagnosis is never one that you are prepared to accept. Unfortunately, last May, this is the exact challenge our family faced. After dozens of tests, multiple opinions, and no real improvement, my mom was diagnosed with ALS. We needed to prepare for the reality of what was to come, both practically and emotionally. We talked, we investigated, we read, and we rallied around my mom to ensure she was surrounded by the same love and support that she had always unconditionally offered us. We quickly realized that we were not the only ones.
Neighbors, friends, colleagues – an entire community of people who knew my mom did the same. Within weeks, the tasks that had fallen in priority since the diagnosis were all still being tended to. The lawn was mowed, the fridge was full, the house was cleaned, the laundry was folded, and our house was filled with the type of warmth that only friends and fond memories can bring. The outpouring of support stands as a testament to the person my mom is; not only to our family, but to so many she has touched along the way. We are so incredibly thankful to our community for all they do. With each and every act of service offered with a loving smile, they bring a smile to my mom's face and touch all of us to the core.
One of my mom's close friends, Beth Sblendorio, is a nurse who has spent countless hours at our house loving and caring for my mom. She is even a part of the dedicated rotation who spend the night caring for my mom, allowing my dad (who has been working tirelessly for my mom) to catch up on his own rest at night. It’s utterly amazing to see Beth and others drop everything to be here for my mom and our family.
If all of her time and love wasn't enough, Beth keeps pushing, looking for more ways to rally our community to support fundraising efforts for desperately needed ALS research. In the coming months she will be racing in the Livermore Half Marathon and the Boston Marathon as a tribute to my mom and in an effort to raise awareness and funds to fight ALS. I look forward to supporting Beth and all the others who donate to the cause!
- Stephen Piscotty (Gretchen's eldest son)