As many of you know, raising awareness and funds for ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) has been a very important cause to us for several years, ever since our buddy Steve Saling was diagnosed with ALS back in 2006.
Following Steve's diagnosis, it was just months later in 2007 that Gabe co-founded Team America and biked 270 miles in 3 days from Boston to New York to support the ALS Therapy Development Institute, the world’s leading ALS research institution. The next year, in 2008, Ben joined the team and the fight. And then in 2014, Adam joined to complete the Cohen-Leadholm Brother Trifecta.
Since Steve's diagnosis with ALS in 2006, we have witnessed -- and shared with many of you -- how ALS ended Steve’s 13-year career as an architect, and how for many years now ALS has forced Steve to use a motorized wheelchair to move, a feeding tube to eat, and a computer to speak.
What is truly extraordinary is how, even amidst these unimaginable challenges, Steve has helped to design and open multi-million-dollar, state-of-the-art residences in Boston and New Orleans that allow people with ALS to live independently. It was at the time of opening the Boston residence that Steve said, “I will contribute more than I ever would have if I'd remained healthy.”
Since Team America's start back in 2007, the team has expanded to more than 25 riders and has raised more than $450,000 for ALS research – and this year alone we are targeting the ambitious goal of raising another $50,000!
To that end, we are hoping that you can make a contribution to the ALS Therapy Development Institute, the world’s leading ALS research organization. Anything can help, and we are truly grateful for your support of a cause that means so much to us!
Ben, Gabe, and Adam