I am shocked and saddened to report that Steven Gey, a powerful voice for science education who represented the plaintiffs in the landmark Supreme Court case Edwards v Aguillard, has been diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. I don’t know Steve personally, but we have many mutual friends; I join them in sending my deepest sympathies and condolences to Steve and his family. A diagnosis of ALS is, for all practical purposes, a death sentence. He likely has no more than 3 or 4 years to live, no more than a year before he is completely wheelchair bound, locked inside a body that no longer functions. As this article in the Tallahassee newspaper shows, however, his mind is still acute and his spirit strong. We will be losing one of the great legal minds in the country and one of our most powerful allies in the fight to protect science education around the country.