Bob Higgins' Fundraising Page
Riding 270 Miles in 3 days for Team Bannon-Crush ALS
One again this summer, I am privileged and honored to ride in the three-day, 270-mile Tri-State Trek, a fundraiser for the ALS Therapy Development Institute. Thanks to the support of many of my friends and colleagues, the team that I am blessed to ride with, Team Bannon/Crush ALS, raised over $200,000 for the cause in 2016. That's an increase of over $28,000 from the prior year. We were proud to be the top fundraising team for each of the last three years and are committed to retaining our title. If you could witness, as I have, the spirit and dedication of the living saints who care for those afflicted with this dreaded disease and who work tirelessly for the eradication of it, you would know why we riders relish the opportunity to ride for this cause.
But our job will not be done until a cure is found. That need, reinforced by the facts below, is why I ride, and will continue to ride, in the Tri State Trek, the Ride to End ALS, until the goal is met:
- 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, effecting the level of funding for research into a cure.
- Almost 6,000 people per year are diagnosed with ALS in the U.S. That means that the average life span for someone diagnosed is around 5 years. The lack of long term survivors also impacts fundraising for research.
- THERE ARE CURRENTLY NO EFFECTIVE TREATMENTS OR CURE for ALS.
The Tri State Trek funds close to 10% of the ALS TDI annual budget.
While I have not had a relative diagnosed with ALS, I have clearly been impacted by the disease through the people I have met who are associated with the Tri State Trek and ALS TDI. The riders and those they ride for, as well as 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 a worthwhile cause. This is the only cause for which you will ever receive a fundraising plea from me.
The 270 mile, three-day bike ride, from Boston to Greenwich, CT, takes place June 23-25, 2017. I am asking that you support me as we make our way through the winding hills of Massachusetts and Connecticut. Your contribution will place your name on the list of recipients of my daily ride updates, as I share this wonderful experience with you.
Please be as generous as you can. And please take a moment to view the inspirational video attached describing this epic ride. I hope that you will find this to be a worthwhile cause. Thank you, in advance, for your support.
Riding for a cure,