Last June, I rode 270 miles from Boston to New York with Team America to help fund the fight against Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. ALS is not necessarily an incurable disease, but is it an underfunded one. Until a cure is found, I will continue to ride, raise awareness, and fight for those suffering from this disease. On June 23rd, I’ll embark on this Tri-State Trek again.
In 2007, my friend Gabe co-founded Team America and biked the 270 miles from Boston to New York as part of the Tri-State Trek to support the ALS Therapy Development Institute. The group now consists of more than 25 cyclists and has raised over $400,000 for ALS research. I am proud to be part of this amazing team, and ask for you to please consider supporting our cause, to benefit the ALS Therapy Development Institute, the world’s leading ALS research institution!
Last year's Trek, in addition to raising over $45,000 with Team America, brought me the opportunity to further understand the complexities of this disease, and also inspired me to meet the dedicated members of the ALS community. One of these individuals is Steve Saling, who joined us for the duration of the Trek. At the age of 38, Steve was diagnosed with ALS. Since his diagnosis, ALS has stripped Steve of his ability to walk, eat, or speak, though it has not taken his wicked good sense of humor. He now relies on a wheelchair, feeding tube, and a computer to perform daily functions that most people take for granted. What has been truly extraordinary is how, even amidst these unimaginable challenges, Steve has helped to improve the quality of life for others living with ALS; raising funds to open state-of-the-art residences in Boston and New Orleans that allow people with ALS to live independently: here is a short video with more information about his efforts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgYeTy8qNyY .
ALS has also touched my wife’s family. Her grandfather, Bernard Steinberg, was diagnosed with ALS and was taken from us much too soon. With Pop Pop Bernie’s memory in my heart, I will again set out on this challenge to fight back against this disease, and improve the lives of those who struggle with ALS on a daily basis.
On behalf of my family, Team America, and the whole Tri-State Trek, we are truly grateful for your support of a cause that means so much to us. You may make a tax-deductible donation on this site http://tst.als.net/david .
See you out on the road!