Hugh Macdonnell's Fundraising Page (2016)

Riding for those who no longer can.

<h1>Hugh Macdonnell's Fundraising Page (2016)</h1>


270 miles-Boston to NY

For the fifth time, I am getting on my bike in Newton, MA on 24 June and starting the Tri-State Trek.  I really love the team camraderie and the personal goal achievement I get from it. 

But our real goal, of course, is to raise as much money as we can to fund ALS research.  Since I last rode, 6,000 Americans will have been diagnosed with ALS.  While much research progress has been made, there is still no known cure.  Most doctors will advise the newly diagnosed to put their affairs in order.

Our job will not be done until a cure is found.  That need, reinforced by the facts below which were included in my previous years’ letters, is why I continue to ride in the Tri State Trek, the Ride to End ALS:
• 450,000 people live with ALS globally, 30,000 of whom are in the U.S. 
• Any disease impacting less than 200,000 in the U.S. is considered a rare disease, affecting the level of funding for research into a cure.
• The average life span for someone diagnosed is around 5 years.   The lack of long term survivors also impacts fundraising for research.

The  Trek supports the ALS Therapy Development Institute and represents close to 10% of the ALS TDI annual budget.  Thanks to the support of many of you, our team, Crush ALS/Team Bannon, raised over $172,000 for the cause in 2015.  That's an increase of over 35% from the prior year and collectively our team’s cumulative fund raising will exceed $500,000 this season.

I ride for Betty Anne (Margot’s mom).  But I also ride now for a broader ALS Community:  Chuckie Bannon, Congdon’s family, Steve Saling, and the huge network of folks living with the disease right now.
The riders, those that they ride for, and the doctors and staff at ALS TDI, are truly inspirational. It is rewarding to see our team grow and our fund raising efforts flourish for such an extraordinary cause.

The 270 mile, three-day bike ride, from Boston to Greenwich, takes place June 24-26, 2016.  I am asking that you support me as we make our way through the winding hills of Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Many of you are business associates as well as friends.  My compliance department would appreciate it if you would limit your contribution to $1,000.  

I am very appreciative of your support.






  • Stephen Furnary $2,500.00

  • The Macdonnell Family $2,000.00

    Go Dad! We are so proud of everything you do to raise awareness of, and funds for, ALS. Grandy will be with you on every hill! XO! Margot, Betsy, James, Charlie and Teddy!

  • The Thomas Family $1,000.00

  • Jackie Clements $500.00

  • Patrick Tully $500.00

  • Sam Joseph $500.00

    Godspeed Friend

  • Sonny Kalsi $500.00

  • Guy & Lisa Metcalfe $500.00

  • Tim and Barb Morris $500.00

  • Susan Johnson & Neil Kell $500.00

    Awesome job Hugh!

  • The Szilagyi Family $500.00

  • Debbie Gregory $500.00

  • The Balch Family $300.00

  • Willem de Geus $250.00

    Good luck with the ride and the fund raising. Suspect the ride is more challenging.....

  • Michelle Levy $250.00

  • Seth Weintrob $250.00

  • Joanne Vitale $250.00

  • The Sanzone Family $250.00

  • The Westermanns $200.00

    You the man!

  • Palacios Family $200.00

  • The South Family $200.00

    May the wind be always at your back and cheers to progress in fighting ALS!

  • The Curnow Family $200.00

    Thank you Uncle Hugh for riding for Grandy and for all those fighting ALS. Love you, Maddie, Riley, Kate & Al

  • John McCarthy $100.00

    For J Weitzen and the many others

  • Kate Rounthwaite $100.00

  • The Sedransk Family $100.00

    Great job Hugh! Congratulations on another successful ride for a very worthy cause.

  • Jeanne DesBrisay and crew $100.00

  • The Constantino Family $100.00

  • Anonymous $100.00

  • The Renaud family $50.00

    We weren't lucky enough to know your mom, but we are grateful to know her daughter & granddaughters!

  • Katie Caramiciu $50.00

  • The Brown Family $50.00

  • Greg Baekey $50.00

  • Giulianelli family $50.00

    Thank you Hugh and team for this outstanding effort! You inspire us all!

  • The Lewises $50.00

    Thanks for reaching out. Great Cause.

  • Debbie Libby $50.00

    Thinking of you, Margot

  • Fahey Family $25.00

  • The Land Family $10.00

  • The Killian family Hidden

    Good luck Hugh!

  • David Confer Hidden

  • Gwynne Murphy Hidden

  • The Watkins Family Hidden

  • The Tagen Family Hidden

  • The Chakrabarti Family Hidden

  • Onay Payne & Kendrick Nathaniel Hidden

  • Liz katz Hidden

  • FitzGibbon - Mallock Family Hidden

    Go, Hugh! Ride strong!

  • The DiPalma/Simeone/Isom Family Hidden

    We are happy to support the Curnow's and their extended family!