There are two pieces to Steve Gleason's part in a Super Bowl commercial for Microsoft. One is the obvious advertisement for Microsoft Surface: He uses the technology to communicate now that ALS has taken his ability to speak. The other, more important part of the message, is something Gleason has worked tirelessly for: Continuing to raise awareness for ALS.
The result is a heartwarming commercial that'll bring a tear to your eye. Here is an extended preview of Gleason's Super Bowl commercial:
The Gleason piece is part of a larger advertisement in which Microsoft plans to show people whose use of Microsoft technology is "inspiring." The ad will be Microsoft's first during a Super Bowl. There isn't a much more inspiring person than Gleason, so it sure seems that fits.
The best part of the commercial, by the way, is Gleason's son Rivers diving into a bean bag chair, followed by Steve pushing him across the floor using his wheelchair and using the computer to talk to his son. It's a fun, adorable human moment.
You can learn more about Gleason's fight with ALS at his website.