The ceremonial first pitch was thrown by Treg Charlton, a married father of two who was diagnosed with ALS in 2010. Although the disease has weakened him, Charlton still works to raise funds and awareness in the effort to find a cure. He is director of real estate for CVS in Missouri, Kansas and surrounding states.
Beckie Cooper of Mission, Kan., executive director of the ALS Association Keith Worthington Chapter since 1988, was in the Buck O'Neil Legacy Seat for the game. The regional organization serves Kansas, western Missouri and Nebraska and has raised millions of dollars for the cause.