Calgary Flames Assistant General Manager And Family Throw Out First Pitch At Fenway Park in Honor of Fight Against ALS

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There are many times in the world of sports where individual people can transcend the game to become an example for others, an inspiration in personal struggles. On Thursday, Calgary Flames Assistant General Manager Chris Snow became one such individual when he threw out the first pitch at Fenway Park, home of Major League Baseball’s Boston Red Sox, on “Lou Gehrig Day” throughout the league.

Lou Gehrig, a legendary player for the New York Yankees whose struggles with Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis (simply known today as Lou Gehrig’s Disease), a neurodegenerative neuromuscular disease that ultimately results in the loss of motor function in muscles and in later stages, other body functions, brought awareness to the disease, is honored every season on June 2 to remember his contributions to the game of baseball as well as his fight against ALS. Snow, who was raised in the Boston area as a child, was diagnosed with ALS in 2019, and was given a year to live upon his diagnosis.

Two years later, Snow and his family (wife Kasie, son Cohen, and daughter Willa), threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Fenway Park on Lou Gehrig.

In the days and months leading up to the first pitch at Fenway, Snow, who has served as Flames Assistant General Manager since 2019 and been with the organization for over 10 seasons, practiced with his children at home. While losing his father, two of his uncles, and a cousin to the disease, Snow’s treatments (which includes an experimental drug that targets the genetic mutation of the ALS and being fed through a tube) has enabled him to survive a year past the diagnosed expectancy.

Earlier in his life, Snow served as a reporter who covered the Red Sox, and for the occasion at Fenway on Thursday (a day after his 40th birthday), he donned a Red Sox No. 40 uniform while tossing a ceremonial first pitch with family and friends in attendance. Originally a right-handed thrower, he now has to use his left arm as a result of the disease. ““I’ve kind of put myself in that position over the last few days, just thinking about taking those few deep breaths and really breathe that in,” Snow told The Calgary Sun’s Wes Gilbertson, “Because I’m sure the nerves and the adrenaline and the excitement will be in overdrive.”

To say that Thursday was a special day for Chris Snow and his family would be an understatement. For the Flames’ Assistant General Manager, it was another victory in his battle with ALS.

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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