The ALS TDI Tri-State Trek raises money and brings attention to the work ALS TDI is doing to find an effective treatment for a horrific disease.
The Trek began in 2003, when 16 cyclists pedaled from Boston to New York and raised about $30k for ALS research. The event has since grown
to 400 participants, raising over 6 million dollars. People ride, crew or volunteer to support changes in medical science. Riders gain
strength from spectators cheering them on with cowbells, letting them know they are not alone on their bikes.
We Need More Cowbell!
In 2005, in an effort to bolster spectator support, Interns for the Trek passed out cowbells in White Plains, NY, (the Trek's former finish line)
as part of a community outreach project. In 2006, the event officially launched its 'More Cowbell!' campaign; a knock-off on the pop-culture catch
phrase originally delivered by Christopher Walken in a quasi-famous Saturday Night Live skit. Cowbells have been used in cycling since the early
1900s, when European's would cheer riders racing through the Pyrenees or up the Italian Alps.
For the cyclists, volunteers, and countless spectators and supporters, "More Cowbell!" is about more noise and more support for an orphaned disease
and its patients that will not stand silent.
About the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS.net)
The ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS.net) and its scientists
actively discover and develop treatments for ALS. We are the world's first and largest nonprofit biotech focused 100
percent on ALS research. Led by people living with the disease and their families, we understand the urgent need to
slow and stop this disease. We are located in the heart of Kendall Sq in Cambridge, MA, and our doors are always open
for a tour. Visit us online at www.als.net for more information.
Every 90 minutes, someone is diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS); a progressive, neurodegenerative disease
that causes muscle weakness, difficulty breathing and swallowing, and paralysis while leaving the senses intact. Also known
as Lou Gehrig's disease or Motor Neuron Disease (MND), ALS attacks certain cells in the brain and spinal cord needed to keep
muscles moving. Most people survive 2 to 5 years after their diagnosis, with an estimated 30,000 people in the US and 450,000
worldwide living with the disease. Currently, there are no effective treatments or a cure.