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.
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.
She made obvious what everyone always thought: She is my much better half. Thank you @kelsieswrites. I don’t know of a better storyteller. And thank you @NHLFlames and to each of you who has called, texted, posted, donated. We are going to change the face of this disease. #EndALS https://t.co/2x8AfJQOdq
— Chris Snow (@ChrisSnowCGY) December 19, 2019
— The Red Mile (@RedMilePodcast) December 19, 2019
Former Boston Globe sportswriter (and current Calgary Flames asst GM) Chris Snow was diagnosed with ALS. Wife Kelsie, former sportswriter who covered Twins, wrote a magnificent letter that contains hope. ALS can be genetic; many in Chris’s family had it. Think good thoughts. https://t.co/zhFx9dGGuN
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 19, 2019
Thoughts and best wishes to Flames assist GM Chris Snow and his family as he embarks on his battle with ALS. https://t.co/JSvqUosWJV
— Eric Francis (@EricFrancis) December 19, 2019
— Lori Bauer🇨🇦🏒🥅 (@AlbertaGirl34) December 18, 2019
— Wes Gilbertson (@WesGilbertson) December 18, 2019
Rooting hard for Flames AGM Chris Snow and his family. Rooting oh so hard for them to strikeout this awful disease. https://t.co/4Qjtis54MM
— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) December 18, 2019
This holiday season, I am thinking about Chris Snow and his family. Snow is the assistant general manager of the Calgary Flames. Snow was recently diagnosed with ALS https://t.co/QaixrVbEtm
— SabresBuzz (@SabresBuzz) December 18, 2019
Chris is flat-out one of the best people in the game. Best wishes to him in his fight. https://t.co/amDUXGZIlk
— Ryan Pike (@RyanNPike) December 18, 2019
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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