Bob Jones, Senators assistant coach, diagnosed with ALS

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The Ottawa Senators revealed Tuesday that assistant coach Bob Jones, 53, has actually been detected with ALS. In a declaration launched by Senators basic supervisor Pierre Dorion, he stated Jones will continue training in the meantime.

“A devoted member of our family, Bob Jones, has been diagnosed with ALS,” Dorion stated in his declaration. “Bob and his family’s wishes are to take the courageous step of making his condition public in an effort to drive ALS awareness as he fights this disease. 

“We have actually been working internally with Bob and his household as he handles this difficulty; while Bob will continue with his training tasks, he has the complete assistance of the company to take at any time he requires far from the club throughout the season to focus on his health and his household.”

According to Mayo Clinic, ALS, short for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is “a progressive nerve system illness that impacts afferent neuron in the brain and spine, triggering loss of muscle control.”

Jones and his household made the news public since they wish to utilize his medical diagnosis as a chance to raise awareness for ALS research study. The household has actually asked those seeking to support Jones to make contributions to the ALS Society of Canada or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Jones was worked with by Senators head coach D.J. Smith in 2019, and he has actually been an assistant on the training personnel since. He formerly operated in the AHL and coached in the OHL for more than 20 years.

Chris Snow, the assistant basic supervisor of the Calgary Flames, likewise has ALS. He was detected in January 2020.

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