On June 26 at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, Chuck Thore of Harvey Road was the honorary PALS member (Person with ALS) at a Buffalo Bisons game, and got to throw out the first pitch of the game with the assistance of his wife Kristen, and step-daughter Sarah Brand.
The ALS Association Upstate New York Chapter teamed up with the Buffalo Bisons to honor people living with Lou Gehrig's Disease. "Strike Out Lou Gehrig's Disease" served to promote the 2012 Buffalo Walk to Defeat ALS, which is Aug. 4 in Delaware Park. The Walk to Defeat ALS is the ALS Association's national signature event. Each year, thousands of people, including ALS patients, families, friends and corporate leaders, join together to raise thousands of dollars in support of the ALS Association's cutting-edge research and community-based patient services programs.
The "Strike Out" event included a number of activities.
Of every ticket sold, $5 is donated to The ALS Association, Upstate New York Chapter.
The first 450 fans entering the ballpark received camouflage-colored foam baseballs to honor military heroes who are diagnosed with ALS.
The Upstate New York Chapter staff was on hand to answer questions about ALS. The ALS Association is an official charity partner of Minor League Baseball. The mission of The ALS Association is to lead the fight to cure and treat ALS through global cutting-edge research, and to empower people with Lou Gehrig's Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support.
For more information or to learn about local services, visit The ALS Association, Upstate New York Chapter, online at www.alsaupstateny.org or call 866-499-7257.