Though the Super Bowl didn’t end the way they would have wanted, it was a special day for a Eufaula woman and her son.
Pam Snead was at Mercedes-Benz Stadium to watch the team that was assembled by her son Les, the general manager of the Los Angeles Rams.
Pam is fighting a rare form of cancer.
Monday, she will be in Birmingham having the second of three rounds of chemotherapy as she fights a rare type of lymphoma that impacts about 6 in a million people.
The story of Pam and Les Snead will make you cry and cheer. Les took the long road to the top of the NFL and his mother was there encouraging and supporting him every step. The cancer battle has Les encouraging his mother – once he found out the seriousness of it.
“I told him it was just kind of simple,” she said.”I was going to have to have very little chemo. I made it sound like, ‘Gee, she has the kind to have. If you got to have cancer, you want mom’s kind. Well, my oncologist gave him a call and it changed. Les called back, and said, ‘Mom, we have to battle this. We have to come up with a plan.”
Les helped his mother develop a game plan.
“What we did do was sat down,” he said. “I listened to smart people who knew a lot about what she has, figured out the best way to attack it – short term and long term. That’s what we are doing. And I will say that’s all you can do. That’s our reality now. That’s her reality now. It gives you a different perspective on life. Wake up every day and enjoy the moment.”
When the Rams made the Super Bowl, Pam was not staying home in Eufaula.
“She will be here,” Les said. “There’s no doctor keeping her from here.”
Watching her son chase his dream is the best medicine Pam Snead could find.
“In the south when you want to put something out of your mind for a little while, you just put it on the backburner,” Pam said. “So, my cancer is on the backburner Sunday afternoon. I will face it Monday morning. Monday morning, I will hop up and be ready to go because I have to maintain this cancer. I have to have these treatments, but I don’t have to have them Sunday. I got something better to do.”