Flames' GM Chris Snow battling ALS, hockey community behind him

Ailish ForfarNHL Editor
Yahoo Sports Canada
The 38-year-old assistant GM has been diagnosed with ALS. (via/Calgary Flames)
The 38-year-old assistant GM has been diagnosed with ALS. (via/Calgary Flames)

Assistant GM of the Calgary Flames Chris Snow has been quietly fighting the early stages of ALS for the past few months. The disease took the life of Chris’ father one year ago, and both of his uncles and his 28-year-old cousin.

His wife, Kelsie, shared an inspirational open letter for the entire hockey community about Chris’ fight with ALS.

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Someone has to be the first person to live with ALS rather than die from it, and one thing I've always known about Chris is that he finds a way. No matter the obstacle, no matter how unprecedented the situation may be - he always, always finds a way. 

In just one day, the hockey community has already raised thousands of dollars for ALS research on a donation page set up through the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

The outpouring of support and prayers since the Snow family’s announcement is an indication of how powerful the hockey community can be.

You can help by keeping Chris in your thoughts this holiday season, as his wife Kelsie shared in her open letter.

Be positive and hopeful with us, pray for us in whatever way you pray, and don't treat us - most especially Chris - differently than you always have. He is the same person today he was yesterday and he will be the same person tomorrow and in two months and beyond. Hug your family, wring all the joy from each moment of your life, play with your children, and be present - all things at which Chris has always been wonderful.

If you want to donate to ALS research in Chris’ name, the link is here.

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