Andrew Martin's fundraising page (2016)

Putting my mid-life crisis to good use

<h1>Andrew Martin's fundraising page (2016)</h1>

I was in Chicago last November to visit my parents and stopped to see my brother-in-law, John Rooney, who is fighting Lou Gehrig's Disease, or ALS. It was a tough visit. John was confined to a wheelchair, could barely move his hands and struggled to communicate. I feared the worst. But John was determined to see his son, Jack, graduate from Notre Dame, and I'm happy to report that on May 15th, John was in attendance in South Bend.

With that kind of hope and determination, how can I not ride again in the annual ALS-TDI Trek? It's a three-day ride from Boston to Greenwich, Conn., 280 miles of scenic, if hilly, New England back roads. I am fortunate to be part of Crush ALS/Team Bannon, which last year raised a whopping $172,000. This year, we are aiming at $200,000. To do so, I have wooed some new riders, including my Bloomberg colleague and pal, Alan Levin, whose mild mannerisms mask a chilling blood thirst on a bicycle, and my old high school classmate, Andy Foster, a classics professor who has set aside Thucydides for a few months to train. Another Worthington High grad, John "No Mercy" McCarthy, is back for his second year, and my three sons have volunteered for race crew, which involves waking up at 4:30 in the morning to make peanut-butter sandwiches. A true sacrifice for teenage boys!

I realize there are many worthy causes in addition to ALS. But please know that whatever you give is making a difference. There is no treatment or cure for ALS, and scientists still don't know what causes it. But your dollars will help in finding a cure! For one thing, my employer, Bloomberg, is matching whatever I raise, up to $5,000. You can contribute through the attached link on this website, or mail me a check, made out to Crush ALS/Team Bannon, at 5 Inness Place, Glen Ridge, NJ 07028.

Time to get riding!





  • Bloomberg Matching Gift $5,000.00

  • Andrew Martin $2,500.00

  • Karen Heller and Robert Baker $1,000.00

  • Anonymous $500.00

    Thanks for pedaling for those who can't.

  • Jeff Galvin $400.00

    There is no better use for a mid-life crisis than philanthropy such as this. I'm proud to say I know you Andy.

  • The Twymans $280.00

    With you every mile, Andy.

  • Jeanne and Scott Sargent $250.00

    Good luck and best wishes!

  • Addie Brooks $250.00

  • Jennifer & Dan Linzer $250.00

    Thank you Andy!

  • Joan & Rick Francolini $250.00

  • Dave & Jackie Rummel $200.00

    Good on you Andy!

  • The Adair Family $200.00

    A great cause!

  • Opie $200.00

  • Kirk family $150.00

  • The Mason Family $150.00

    Go Andy! We're with you in spirit!

  • The Miller Family $150.00

  • Bank Of America Matching Gifts $150.00

  • The Benson Family $150.00

  • Margo Garrison & Geoffrey Darby $100.00

    What a wonderful way to honor John and help so many others.

  • The McRoberts-Davey Family $100.00

    Ride like the wind, Andy!

  • Trevor and Marcy Jensen $100.00

  • Amy Driscoll & Larry Lebowitz $100.00

    Go, Andy. Great cause....

  • Tariq Panja $100.00

    Awesome job man !!

  • John & Cathy Martin $100.00

    So proud of you, Andy, for dedicating your time and efforts on behalf of such a worthy cause. Be safe!! LOVE!!!!

  • Geddes and Chianello $100.00

  • The McCarthy Family $100.00

  • Sam & Hilary $100.00

    May the road rise up to meet you, Andy.

  • Laurie Cohen $100.00

  • The Kinkhabwala's $100.00

    Good luck!

  • Cash family $100.00

    Good luck, Andy!

  • The John Rooney Family $100.00

    Thank you Martin Family!

  • The Rodgers Family $100.00

    Have fun Andy! Such a great cause.

  • Erin Reilly Flynn $100.00

    Good luck, Andy. Praying for good weather 😎

  • From Ellen, Lily and Barry $100.00

    Go Andy Go

  • Sena Messer and Andrew Gutelle $100.00

  • Mark and Nancy Bock $100.00

  • Richard and Marilyn Sargent $50.00

  • Robin & Mike Schwanekamp $50.00

    Good luck with the ride Andy - such a great cause!

  • Anne & John Helander $50.00

    Go, Andy, Go!

  • Denise & Joe Joyce $50.00

    Just remember: The fastest way up a hill is at your own pace. Or in a car. Good luck with the ride!

  • The Davis Family $50.00

    Good luck, Andy! You're doing a great thing!

  • The Charny Family $50.00

  • The Moody - Fessendens $50.00

    Go Andy!

  • The Cullen-Conway Family $50.00

  • Max and Katie Mausner $50.00

    Another excellent race, Uncle Andy and the Martin boys! We're so proud of you!!

  • The Ollila Family $30.00

    Never to late.... Hope the ride was great and that many more were inspired to help. I think next year there should be a Dolce Vita team!

  • Nancy Gustin $25.00

    I am honored to call you cousin. Thank you Team Martin, go get 'em!

  • The Claeys Family $25.00

  • So proud of what you are doing Andy and Team Bannon. Let's find a cure! Love, John and Liz Hidden

  • Moss Family Hidden

  • Jon Marcus Hidden

  • Dick Silverman Hidden

    wishing you success on your Fundraising goal!

  • Shayna, Geoff, Marianne Hidden

    Wishing you easy riding, Mr. Martin...