Stephen Piscotty’s mother, Gretchen Piscotty died Sunday night May 6, 2018, she was 55-years-old and is survived by her husband Michael, and sons Stephen, Nick and Austin.

She was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease in May 2017 while Stephen Piscotty was an outfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals. He was traded to Oakland in December 2017, in a deal that Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak called a “win-win” as both a baseball trade and chance for Piscotty to be close to home.

In May of 2017, Piscotty got a call from his mother, Gretchen, who told him that he she had been diagnoised with ALS. He left the Cardinals for an extended Memorial Day weekend to be with his family at that time.

“ALS is brutal and it’s relentless,” Piscotty told ESPN . “The doctor we’ve been working closely with hasn’t seen a case move this fast in all his years.”

Piscotty had just signed a six-year contract with St. Louis before the start of the 2017 season, but in the following winter, the Cardinals traded the 27-year-old outfielder to Oakland. Piscotty grew up as an Athletics fan and his family lives just about 30 minutes away from the Oakland Coliseum.

“I’m so grateful, I can’t imagine being 2,000 miles away from what’s going on,” Piscotty says.

Piscotty says he’s able to help put his mom to bed every night, now that he works back in his hometown.

And he usually lulls her to sleep by playing the guitar and singing ‘Amazing Grace’ – it’s the same song that his mom used to put him to bed when Piscotty was an infant.

“It’s kind of like a full circle aspect there,” Piscotty says. “It gives me a little bit of peace and I hope that it does the same for her.”

After losing Gretchen to ALS in May the Piscotty family have worked to establish the ALS CURE project with a goal of finding a cure for ALS.