KINGSTON, Jamaica — A GoFundMe page has been established to help with the medical care of former Reggae Boyz striker Luton Shelton, who has been diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig's disease.
The page which was set up yesterday is seeking to raise US$80,000 for the national footballer, and has so far raised US$4,816 on its first day.
The fundraiser comes on the heels of a commitment by Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange to provide $5 million towards Shelton's medical care.
Grange said she became aware of the former footballer's condition through social media.
In addition, Member of Parliament for Western Kingston, Desmond McKenzie, yesterday made a commitment of $500,000 towards Shelton's care.
Shelton's family hails from West Kingston and his early football development took place in the community.
Shelton, 32, made his debut as an 18-year-old for Harbour View Football Club in the Jamaica Premier League and he has also played for clubs in Sweden, England, Norway, Denmark and Turkey.