Crush ALS/Team Bannon
Team Captain

Lisa Bannon

Riding For Chuckie
Lisa Bannon
  • Rider
  • 11th Trek

Lisa Bannon

Riding For Chuckie

This will be the 11th year in a row that I participate in the Tri-State Trek, the 280-mile bike ride from Boston to Greenwich, Conn. to call attention to ALS. Why do I continue to ride? Because after all these years of fundraising, there's still no cure for ALS, a cruel fatal disease that causes total paralysis.  After our brother Chuck died of ALS in 2009, my brother Breen and I vowed to keep riding until researchers discover a cure. Recently, the FDA approved the first new drug to treat ALS in over 20 years. There is evidence the drug slows disease progression in some patients. But it's not a cure and we need to keep going. ALS-TDI which sponsors the annual Trek, is the largest non-profit research institution in the U.S. devoted entirely to ALS research. They depend on the nearly $1 million raised by the Trek every year – almost 10% of their annual budget -- to help fund numerous promising research projects.  Our team that began in 2009 with three riders has grown to 29 this summer from across the U.S. including Chicago, Washington D.C., Ohio, New York and New Jersey. I’d like to thank all of you for a decade of donations and especially your moral support through the years. You don’t have to give every year, and you don’t have to give much. For those who do, please know you are making a difference. Never Give Up!  

Lisa Bannon
  • Rider
  • 11th Trek

This will be the 11th year in a row that I participate in the Tri-State Trek, the 280-mile bike ride from Boston to Greenwich, Conn. to call attention to ALS. Why do I continue to ride? Because after all these years of fundraising, there's still no cure for ALS, a cruel fatal disease that causes total paralysis.  After our brother Chuck died of ALS in 2009, my brother Breen and I vowed to keep riding until researchers discover a cure. Recently, the FDA approved the first new drug to treat ALS in over 20 years. There is evidence the drug slows disease progression in some patients. But it's not a cure and we need to keep going. ALS-TDI which sponsors the annual Trek, is the largest non-profit research institution in the U.S. devoted entirely to ALS research. They depend on the nearly $1 million raised by the Trek every year – almost 10% of their annual budget -- to help fund numerous promising research projects.  Our team that began in 2009 with three riders has grown to 29 this summer from across the U.S. including Chicago, Washington D.C., Ohio, New York and New Jersey. I’d like to thank all of you for a decade of donations and especially your moral support through the years. You don’t have to give every year, and you don’t have to give much. For those who do, please know you are making a difference. Never Give Up!  

Team Members

Robert Higgins

Riding 270 Miles in 3 days for Team Bannon-Crush ALS
Robert Higgins
  • Rider
  • 5th Trek

Robert Higgins

Riding 270 Miles in 3 days for Team Bannon-Crush ALS

By now, almost everyone knows about ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).  Many have had the misfortune of direct experience with the disease.  Suffice it to say that it is a devastating and dreadful disease.  We are committed to eradicating it. ALS is not incurable.  Rather, it is underfunded.  The Tri State Trek provides a meaningful portion of the annual budget of the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS-TDI).  ALS-TDI is the world's foremost drug discovery center focused exclusively on ALS.  Pioneering the "biotech model," ALS-TDI places the patient at the center of every decision made in the lab.  The team of scientists at ALS-TDI collaborates daily in the lab and through pharmaceutical company partnerships worldwide to discover cures and treatment for ALS. Just since I began riding in the Tri State Trek in 2015,  ALS-TDI has developed a novel antibody known as AT-1501, which acts in a highly targeted disease specific way to tamp down the immune system.  This potential therapeutic has been extensively screened and is being used in clinical trials.   The estimated cost of the Phase 2 portion of this trial is a whopping $30 million. I am both privileged and honored to ride for Team Bannon-Crush ALS (pictured above).  In its ten-year history, this team alone has raised in excess of $1 million in contributions to the Tri State Trek.  While this is an accomplishment of which we are very proud, we have not completed our mission: To eradicate ALS. This can only happen through the continued generosity and compassion of our wonderful donors.  More than ever, we need your support. 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 21-23, 2019. This will be my fifth consecutive year of participation in this great event.  I am asking that you support me as we make our way through the winding hills of Massachusetts and Connecticut and into New York.  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 directly below depicting this epic ride.  I hope that you will find this to be a worthwhile cause.  Thank you, in advance, for your support. Riding until we have a cure, Bob    

Robert Higgins
  • Rider
  • 5th Trek

By now, almost everyone knows about ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).  Many have had the misfortune of direct experience with the disease.  Suffice it to say that it is a devastating and dreadful disease.  We are committed to eradicating it. ALS is not incurable.  Rather, it is underfunded.  The Tri State Trek provides a meaningful portion of the annual budget of the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS-TDI).  ALS-TDI is the world's foremost drug discovery center focused exclusively on ALS.  Pioneering the "biotech model," ALS-TDI places the patient at the center of every decision made in the lab.  The team of scientists at ALS-TDI collaborates daily in the lab and through pharmaceutical company partnerships worldwide to discover cures and treatment for ALS. Just since I began riding in the Tri State Trek in 2015,  ALS-TDI has developed a novel antibody known as AT-1501, which acts in a highly targeted disease specific way to tamp down the immune system.  This potential therapeutic has been extensively screened and is being used in clinical trials.   The estimated cost of the Phase 2 portion of this trial is a whopping $30 million. I am both privileged and honored to ride for Team Bannon-Crush ALS (pictured above).  In its ten-year history, this team alone has raised in excess of $1 million in contributions to the Tri State Trek.  While this is an accomplishment of which we are very proud, we have not completed our mission: To eradicate ALS. This can only happen through the continued generosity and compassion of our wonderful donors.  More than ever, we need your support. 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 21-23, 2019. This will be my fifth consecutive year of participation in this great event.  I am asking that you support me as we make our way through the winding hills of Massachusetts and Connecticut and into New York.  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 directly below depicting this epic ride.  I hope that you will find this to be a worthwhile cause.  Thank you, in advance, for your support. Riding until we have a cure, Bob    

Sandra Botnen

Sandra Botnen
  • Rider
  • 5th Trek

Sandra Botnen

Be a part of something BIG. Team Bannon started nearly 10 years ago when a brother and sister began riding through their grief after loosing a sibling to ALS.  They committed to keep riding until there is a cure.  We are now 17 riders deep and growing, and our team alone has raised over a million dollars!  What is even bigger is that breakthroughs in medicine and technology are gaining momentum.  New drugs, coupled with new capabilities in patient monitoring and data processing mean there is more than hope.  There is more tahn ever, a path to cure.  Pleases join me in being a part of somehting big.   Make a donation and then sign up for the ALS TDI newsletter to watch this thing unfold.  Sandra Wilson  

Sandra Botnen
  • Rider
  • 5th Trek

Be a part of something BIG. Team Bannon started nearly 10 years ago when a brother and sister began riding through their grief after loosing a sibling to ALS.  They committed to keep riding until there is a cure.  We are now 17 riders deep and growing, and our team alone has raised over a million dollars!  What is even bigger is that breakthroughs in medicine and technology are gaining momentum.  New drugs, coupled with new capabilities in patient monitoring and data processing mean there is more than hope.  There is more tahn ever, a path to cure.  Pleases join me in being a part of somehting big.   Make a donation and then sign up for the ALS TDI newsletter to watch this thing unfold.  Sandra Wilson  

John Wilson

Riding for those who no longer can.
John Wilson
  • Rider
  • 6th Trek

John Wilson

Riding for those who no longer can.

I joined a team of seven riders for the Trek in 2013 with no direct connection to ALS and knowing little about it. Over those years, spending time with the families, their loved ones who suffer from the disease, and the doctors and staff of ALS-TDI has inspired me and my teammates. Our team, Crush ALS/Team Bannon, has grown to 29 members and has been the No. 1 fundraiser for the Trek for the past five years. With your help and generosity, we raised $200,000 last year alone, and we hope to do it again. All teammates are important, but my favorite is my wife Sandra, who I met pedaling along on Day 2 of the Trek four years ago.  Now we ride together and feel an extra need to give back to an event that unexpectedly gave us so much. The profile picture is  our little team from a prior year (Sandra is on the far left and I am on the far right . . . not really sure how that happened). Many of you have supported me multiple times.  Thank you.  I don’t take it lightly and it encourages us all to keep riding each mile and up each hill.  Whether you give once or annually, large or small, each bit makes a difference.  We are closer to a cure than we have ever been.     

John Wilson
  • Rider
  • 6th Trek

I joined a team of seven riders for the Trek in 2013 with no direct connection to ALS and knowing little about it. Over those years, spending time with the families, their loved ones who suffer from the disease, and the doctors and staff of ALS-TDI has inspired me and my teammates. Our team, Crush ALS/Team Bannon, has grown to 29 members and has been the No. 1 fundraiser for the Trek for the past five years. With your help and generosity, we raised $200,000 last year alone, and we hope to do it again. All teammates are important, but my favorite is my wife Sandra, who I met pedaling along on Day 2 of the Trek four years ago.  Now we ride together and feel an extra need to give back to an event that unexpectedly gave us so much. The profile picture is  our little team from a prior year (Sandra is on the far left and I am on the far right . . . not really sure how that happened). Many of you have supported me multiple times.  Thank you.  I don’t take it lightly and it encourages us all to keep riding each mile and up each hill.  Whether you give once or annually, large or small, each bit makes a difference.  We are closer to a cure than we have ever been.     

Ted Schmitt

Please help me find a Cure for ALS
Ted Schmitt
  • Rider
  • 1st Trek

Ted Schmitt

Please help me find a Cure for ALS

  I am riding 270 miles in June of this year to help raise money for ALS research and to honor the memory of my mother Elizabeth "Betty" Cunningham.   My mother passed away on January 9, 2018 at the age of 81.  She was misdiagnosed for the better part of 2 years. During this time, they initially thought it was a pinched nerve or possible nerve damage.   We would joke that she was a klutz and would just trip over things or that her knee would give out. She had seen numerous doctors in Philadelphia and over the course of time, nothing worked.  Doctors then believed it could possibly be a damage nerve that needed to regenerate, or MS, maybe Parkinson’s, but no one could figure it out.  My mother was a nurse for nearly 43 years and both of my sisters followed in her footsteps.  Suzanne and Jacqui have also participated in the Philadelphia and Boston ALS walks in honor of my mother.    Suzanne, who lives in Massachusetts, was able to get an appointment for her in to see the Neurology Staff at Massachusetts General.  Mass General is known for ALS treatment. My mother and stepfather traveled up the east coast to seek specialists’ attention.  I cannot say enough good things about the staff at Mass General- they were fantastic.  The time they spent with all of us was overwhelming.  After a few tests our fears were confirmed, my mother had ALS.   From diagnosis to her passing, she fought for 5 months.    I was able to be there with her during her diagnosis in August of 2018.   I flew into Boston that November and celebrated Thanksgiving with my mom, stepfather, Suzanne and her family.  In a short amount of time, my mother’s daily ability was drastically reduced.  The woman who always did for everyone was now a prisoner to her own body.  Days before her passing I received the call no one wants and everyone dreads, “Ted, you need to get here and quickly”.  I was with my mom on her final days.  I felt terrible asking God to take her, but I couldn’t watch her suffer.   I think about her every day, especially those when I‘m cycling and trying to catch my breath…that’s what I watched her do in her final days.  This ride is very personal to me for obvious reasons.  All funds will be donated to the ALS Therapy Development Institute in Cambridge, MA.  On behalf of myself, my sisters, and our families- THANK YOU FOR YOUR DONATION.  

Ted Schmitt
  • Rider
  • 1st Trek

  I am riding 270 miles in June of this year to help raise money for ALS research and to honor the memory of my mother Elizabeth "Betty" Cunningham.   My mother passed away on January 9, 2018 at the age of 81.  She was misdiagnosed for the better part of 2 years. During this time, they initially thought it was a pinched nerve or possible nerve damage.   We would joke that she was a klutz and would just trip over things or that her knee would give out. She had seen numerous doctors in Philadelphia and over the course of time, nothing worked.  Doctors then believed it could possibly be a damage nerve that needed to regenerate, or MS, maybe Parkinson’s, but no one could figure it out.  My mother was a nurse for nearly 43 years and both of my sisters followed in her footsteps.  Suzanne and Jacqui have also participated in the Philadelphia and Boston ALS walks in honor of my mother.    Suzanne, who lives in Massachusetts, was able to get an appointment for her in to see the Neurology Staff at Massachusetts General.  Mass General is known for ALS treatment. My mother and stepfather traveled up the east coast to seek specialists’ attention.  I cannot say enough good things about the staff at Mass General- they were fantastic.  The time they spent with all of us was overwhelming.  After a few tests our fears were confirmed, my mother had ALS.   From diagnosis to her passing, she fought for 5 months.    I was able to be there with her during her diagnosis in August of 2018.   I flew into Boston that November and celebrated Thanksgiving with my mom, stepfather, Suzanne and her family.  In a short amount of time, my mother’s daily ability was drastically reduced.  The woman who always did for everyone was now a prisoner to her own body.  Days before her passing I received the call no one wants and everyone dreads, “Ted, you need to get here and quickly”.  I was with my mom on her final days.  I felt terrible asking God to take her, but I couldn’t watch her suffer.   I think about her every day, especially those when I‘m cycling and trying to catch my breath…that’s what I watched her do in her final days.  This ride is very personal to me for obvious reasons.  All funds will be donated to the ALS Therapy Development Institute in Cambridge, MA.  On behalf of myself, my sisters, and our families- THANK YOU FOR YOUR DONATION.  

David Voreacos

David Voreacos
  • Rider
  • 3rd Trek

David Voreacos

Hola, friends. On June 21, I’ll begin my third year in the Tri-State Trek, a 270-mile bike ride over three days from Boston to Greenwich, CT. Hundreds of cyclists raise money and awareness for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. I’m fortunate to be a member of Crush ALS/Team Bannon, which is participating for the 11th year.  Our team raised more than $1 million over the past decade, and we now have more members than ever. Would you consider donating? Thanks for any help.

David Voreacos
  • Rider
  • 3rd Trek

Hola, friends. On June 21, I’ll begin my third year in the Tri-State Trek, a 270-mile bike ride over three days from Boston to Greenwich, CT. Hundreds of cyclists raise money and awareness for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. I’m fortunate to be a member of Crush ALS/Team Bannon, which is participating for the 11th year.  Our team raised more than $1 million over the past decade, and we now have more members than ever. Would you consider donating? Thanks for any help.

David Snyder

Riding for veterans, relatives, friends, coworkers, and strangers who cannot!
David Snyder
  • Rider
  • 2nd Trek

David Snyder

Riding for veterans, relatives, friends, coworkers, and strangers who cannot!

This will be my 2nd Trek...same routine as last year...drive 1500 miles...ride 280 on my bicycle in 3 days...some of those miles in the rain...raise money for a great cause...hang out with some amazing and wonderful people.  This year I will try not to leave any skin on the asphalt!  I'd appreciate your support.

David Snyder
  • Rider
  • 2nd Trek

This will be my 2nd Trek...same routine as last year...drive 1500 miles...ride 280 on my bicycle in 3 days...some of those miles in the rain...raise money for a great cause...hang out with some amazing and wonderful people.  This year I will try not to leave any skin on the asphalt!  I'd appreciate your support.

Breen Bannon

Riding for those who no longer can.
Breen Bannon
  • Rider
  • 11th Trek

Breen Bannon

Riding for those who no longer can.

In 2019 Crush ALS/Team Bannon will field the largest team yet to combat ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, by riding the Tri State Trek.  This with be Lisa and Breen Bannon's 11h Trek, and we can't wait! The Trek, a 270-mile, three-day charity bicycle ride, benefits ALS-TDI, a Boston-based non-profit that is leading research into finding a treatment and cure for ALS.  By supporting me you can bring hope and a future to not only the people with ALS today, but to the people who will be diagnosed next, and next,and next.......   Team Bannon began in 2009 after Lisa and Breen Bannon lost their brother, Chuck, to ALS after a three-year battle. We vowed to continue riding until we raise enough money to find a cure or treatment.     With your help and generosity, our team has raised over $1,000,000....thats ONE MILLION DOLLARS! for research to find a cure.  Our team has been the No. 1 fundraiser for the Trek for the past 5 years, quite an accomplishment for our small grass roots effort.  All the money raised benefits ALS-TDI, the nation’s leading non-profit research lab for ALS (www.als.net).  The lab is 100% focused on ALS research.   Thank you all for your ongoing support of my efforts on behalf of ALS-TDI. I truly believe we are making a difference in the battle to end this cruel disease. Check us out on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CrushALSTeamBannon?hc_location=timeline Breen

Breen Bannon
  • Rider
  • 11th Trek

In 2019 Crush ALS/Team Bannon will field the largest team yet to combat ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, by riding the Tri State Trek.  This with be Lisa and Breen Bannon's 11h Trek, and we can't wait! The Trek, a 270-mile, three-day charity bicycle ride, benefits ALS-TDI, a Boston-based non-profit that is leading research into finding a treatment and cure for ALS.  By supporting me you can bring hope and a future to not only the people with ALS today, but to the people who will be diagnosed next, and next,and next.......   Team Bannon began in 2009 after Lisa and Breen Bannon lost their brother, Chuck, to ALS after a three-year battle. We vowed to continue riding until we raise enough money to find a cure or treatment.     With your help and generosity, our team has raised over $1,000,000....thats ONE MILLION DOLLARS! for research to find a cure.  Our team has been the No. 1 fundraiser for the Trek for the past 5 years, quite an accomplishment for our small grass roots effort.  All the money raised benefits ALS-TDI, the nation’s leading non-profit research lab for ALS (www.als.net).  The lab is 100% focused on ALS research.   Thank you all for your ongoing support of my efforts on behalf of ALS-TDI. I truly believe we are making a difference in the battle to end this cruel disease. Check us out on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CrushALSTeamBannon?hc_location=timeline Breen

Andrew Foster

Andrew Foster
  • Rider
  • 4th Trek

Andrew Foster

I am again joining Team "Crush ALS/Team Bannon" to ride to raise money to fight ALS --anything you can do to help to join the fight is greatly appreciated!

Andrew Foster
  • Rider
  • 4th Trek

I am again joining Team "Crush ALS/Team Bannon" to ride to raise money to fight ALS --anything you can do to help to join the fight is greatly appreciated!

Elizabeth Trybus

Riding for those who no longer can!
Elizabeth Trybus
  • Rider
  • 1st Trek

Elizabeth Trybus

Riding for those who no longer can!

This summer I am joining Crush ALS/Team Bannon and riding my bicycle 270-miles in three days in a charity bicycle ride called the Tri-State Trek.  That's a really, really, long way to ride a bike!  I am riding this difficult course to help find an effective treatment for the paralyzing disease ALS also known as “Lou Gehrig's Disease”.  While I have no direct connection to the disease, I am always up for the challenge of fighting for a worthy cause. And I have been blessed since meeting Breen in 2017 with being a part of The Bannon Family. The Bannon family lost their brother/son/father/husband/best friend Chuckie in 2009 after a 3 year battle with the disease.  Lisa and Breen Bannon vowed to ride until they found a cure and have been riding ever since...this will be year #11. Help support the cause and be a part of something AMAZING… Riding is the hard part; donating is easy. Please consider donating to support my ride at https://tst.als.net/donate/?p=51008 All donations go to ALS-TDI a Boston-based non-profit that is leading research into finding a treatment and cure for ALS (www.als.net).  Your support is greatly appreciated and every dollar helps! Thank you for your time and consideration!! Lots of Love, Elizabeth (Liz) Trybus  

Elizabeth Trybus
  • Rider
  • 1st Trek

This summer I am joining Crush ALS/Team Bannon and riding my bicycle 270-miles in three days in a charity bicycle ride called the Tri-State Trek.  That's a really, really, long way to ride a bike!  I am riding this difficult course to help find an effective treatment for the paralyzing disease ALS also known as “Lou Gehrig's Disease”.  While I have no direct connection to the disease, I am always up for the challenge of fighting for a worthy cause. And I have been blessed since meeting Breen in 2017 with being a part of The Bannon Family. The Bannon family lost their brother/son/father/husband/best friend Chuckie in 2009 after a 3 year battle with the disease.  Lisa and Breen Bannon vowed to ride until they found a cure and have been riding ever since...this will be year #11. Help support the cause and be a part of something AMAZING… Riding is the hard part; donating is easy. Please consider donating to support my ride at https://tst.als.net/donate/?p=51008 All donations go to ALS-TDI a Boston-based non-profit that is leading research into finding a treatment and cure for ALS (www.als.net).  Your support is greatly appreciated and every dollar helps! Thank you for your time and consideration!! Lots of Love, Elizabeth (Liz) Trybus  

Timothy Rooney

Riding to end ALS
Timothy Rooney
  • Rider
  • 2nd Trek

Timothy Rooney

Riding to end ALS

This summer I am riding 270 miles to find an effective treatment for ALS. Please support my efforts. ALS has had a dramatic impact on my family for generations, having claimed my mother Mary Flynn Rooney, brother John Flynn Rooney and aunt Agnes Flynn McCoy. Matt Creen, my brother EJ's brother-in-law is valiantly battling the disease. You can make a difference. Thank you, Tim

Timothy Rooney
  • Rider
  • 2nd Trek

This summer I am riding 270 miles to find an effective treatment for ALS. Please support my efforts. ALS has had a dramatic impact on my family for generations, having claimed my mother Mary Flynn Rooney, brother John Flynn Rooney and aunt Agnes Flynn McCoy. Matt Creen, my brother EJ's brother-in-law is valiantly battling the disease. You can make a difference. Thank you, Tim

Marguerite Gardiner

Marguerite Gardiner
  • Rider
  • 5th Trek

Marguerite Gardiner

This summer I am riding 270 miles to support the search for an effective treatment for ALS. Please join the effort and donate here!

Marguerite Gardiner
  • Rider
  • 5th Trek

This summer I am riding 270 miles to support the search for an effective treatment for ALS. Please join the effort and donate here!

Andrew Martin

Putting my mid-life crisis to good use
Andrew Martin
  • Rider
  • 6th Trek

Andrew Martin

Putting my mid-life crisis to good use

Hi! It's that time of year again. For the sixth year in a row, I will be participating in the Tri-State Trek from Boston to Greenwich, Connecticut  to raise money for ALS.  The ride  takes three days and covers 270 miles of beautiful, but hilly, terrain in New England. In the interest of full disclosure, I will not be riding the entire trek this year. My youngest son, Emmett, is graduating from high school on the first day of the trek, so I will be joining the ride on day two. This year will be incredible because we have a lot of new riders, including my sister, Liz, and her husband, John; Jack McCarthy, son of my old pal John McCarthy; and my work colleague Peter Jeffrey. Our team, Crush ALS/Team Bannon, was created 11 years ago by superstars Lisa Bannon and her brother Breen Bannon to honor their brother Chuck, who died from ALS. Since then, it has raised more than $1 million. As many of you know, my brother-in-law John Rooney, and my mother-in-law, Mary Rooney, died from ALS. It's a horrible disease. But I am confident that a cure is near. Advances are being made. There are many worth causes. If you could spare a few bucks for this one, I'd be grateful. Thanks! Andy  

Andrew Martin
  • Rider
  • 6th Trek

Hi! It's that time of year again. For the sixth year in a row, I will be participating in the Tri-State Trek from Boston to Greenwich, Connecticut  to raise money for ALS.  The ride  takes three days and covers 270 miles of beautiful, but hilly, terrain in New England. In the interest of full disclosure, I will not be riding the entire trek this year. My youngest son, Emmett, is graduating from high school on the first day of the trek, so I will be joining the ride on day two. This year will be incredible because we have a lot of new riders, including my sister, Liz, and her husband, John; Jack McCarthy, son of my old pal John McCarthy; and my work colleague Peter Jeffrey. Our team, Crush ALS/Team Bannon, was created 11 years ago by superstars Lisa Bannon and her brother Breen Bannon to honor their brother Chuck, who died from ALS. Since then, it has raised more than $1 million. As many of you know, my brother-in-law John Rooney, and my mother-in-law, Mary Rooney, died from ALS. It's a horrible disease. But I am confident that a cure is near. Advances are being made. There are many worth causes. If you could spare a few bucks for this one, I'd be grateful. Thanks! Andy  

Hugh Macdonnell

Riding for those who no longer can.
Hugh Macdonnell
  • Rider
  • 8th Trek

Hugh Macdonnell

Riding for those who no longer can.

Dear friends,                                                                                                                                          At 6am on June 21, I will embark on the Tri-State Trek for my 8th consecutive year.  The Trek is a 270-mile bike ride from Boston, MA to Greenwich, CT to raise money and awareness to fund research to cure ALS -- commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. I started riding the Trek in 2012 in honor of my mother-in-law, Betty Anne Chapman.  She was amused (and possibly skeptical) that I was going to ride for her to raise money.  I was happy that I got to ride twice while she was still alive.  I will never forget the sense of hopelessness our family felt in the face of this terrible illness, no one knows what causes it, it generally results in total paralysis within 2-5 years, and there is still no cure. I ride in Betty Anne’s memory, but I’ve now met lots of people who have ALS, and I ride for them too.  We are giving them hope.  Riding this challenging event, raising money, and talking about ALS helps all those people suffering from the disease face their future with increased optimism. The money we raise specifically supports research at the ALS Therapy Development Institute in Cambridge, MA (www.als.net).  Since I began riding in the Tri State Trek, ALS-TDI has developed a novel antibody known as AT-1501, which acts in a highly targeted, disease-specific way to tamp down the immune system.  This potential therapy has been extensively screened and is being used in clinical trials.  The estimated cost of the Phase 2 portion of this trial is a whopping $30 million. Our team, Crush ALS, has been the No. 1 fundraiser for the Trek for the past 5 years.  With your help and generosity, we raised an astonishing $200,000 last year alone, and our little team crossed a cumulative $1 million raise in 2018.  This year, we will have 29 riders and crew (with James and Betsy, two of my kids, as part of the crew).   Over the years, I have been joined by several friends; I invite you to ride in 2020, as the experience and camaraderie is amazing.  Many of you have supported me multiple times.  Thank you.  Believe me, I reflect on this and appreciate it as we crank up the Connecticut hills in June.   I continue to ask for your donations because we are making a difference.      To donate, please click “Donate now" -  whether you give once or annually, large or small, each bit makes a difference.  We are closer to a cure than we have ever been. Thank you all for your ongoing support. Hugh  

Hugh Macdonnell
  • Rider
  • 8th Trek

Dear friends,                                                                                                                                          At 6am on June 21, I will embark on the Tri-State Trek for my 8th consecutive year.  The Trek is a 270-mile bike ride from Boston, MA to Greenwich, CT to raise money and awareness to fund research to cure ALS -- commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. I started riding the Trek in 2012 in honor of my mother-in-law, Betty Anne Chapman.  She was amused (and possibly skeptical) that I was going to ride for her to raise money.  I was happy that I got to ride twice while she was still alive.  I will never forget the sense of hopelessness our family felt in the face of this terrible illness, no one knows what causes it, it generally results in total paralysis within 2-5 years, and there is still no cure. I ride in Betty Anne’s memory, but I’ve now met lots of people who have ALS, and I ride for them too.  We are giving them hope.  Riding this challenging event, raising money, and talking about ALS helps all those people suffering from the disease face their future with increased optimism. The money we raise specifically supports research at the ALS Therapy Development Institute in Cambridge, MA (www.als.net).  Since I began riding in the Tri State Trek, ALS-TDI has developed a novel antibody known as AT-1501, which acts in a highly targeted, disease-specific way to tamp down the immune system.  This potential therapy has been extensively screened and is being used in clinical trials.  The estimated cost of the Phase 2 portion of this trial is a whopping $30 million. Our team, Crush ALS, has been the No. 1 fundraiser for the Trek for the past 5 years.  With your help and generosity, we raised an astonishing $200,000 last year alone, and our little team crossed a cumulative $1 million raise in 2018.  This year, we will have 29 riders and crew (with James and Betsy, two of my kids, as part of the crew).   Over the years, I have been joined by several friends; I invite you to ride in 2020, as the experience and camaraderie is amazing.  Many of you have supported me multiple times.  Thank you.  Believe me, I reflect on this and appreciate it as we crank up the Connecticut hills in June.   I continue to ask for your donations because we are making a difference.      To donate, please click “Donate now" -  whether you give once or annually, large or small, each bit makes a difference.  We are closer to a cure than we have ever been. Thank you all for your ongoing support. Hugh  

James Macdonnell

James Macdonnell
  • 3 Day Crew
  • 2nd Trek

James Macdonnell

James Macdonnell
  • 3 Day Crew
  • 2nd Trek

John McCarthy

Riding to Crush ALS
John McCarthy
  • Rider
  • 5th Trek

John McCarthy

Riding to Crush ALS

This summer I am riding 270 miles to find an effective treatment for ALS. Please support my efforts. Many, many thanks!

John McCarthy
  • Rider
  • 5th Trek

This summer I am riding 270 miles to find an effective treatment for ALS. Please support my efforts. Many, many thanks!

Elizabeth Tinkham

Elizabeth Tinkham
  • Rider
  • 1st Trek

Elizabeth Tinkham

On June 20, John and I will ride 270 miles over 3 days in the Tri-State (MA, CT, NY) ALS Ride to support efforts to find a cure for ALS.  My brother Andy has been riding for the last 5 years in memory of several members of his wife, Ellen's family who have passed away from this devastating disease.  To date his NJ-based team - Crush ALS/Team Bannon - has raised over $1M.  John and I are honored to join this team. I am in utter pain training for this Ride, hours on end in the unforgiving bike seat.  Yet, my pain is nothing compared to what those afflicted with ALS endure.  Please support me in this Ride by donating below.  Many thanks - Liz 

Elizabeth Tinkham
  • Rider
  • 1st Trek

On June 20, John and I will ride 270 miles over 3 days in the Tri-State (MA, CT, NY) ALS Ride to support efforts to find a cure for ALS.  My brother Andy has been riding for the last 5 years in memory of several members of his wife, Ellen's family who have passed away from this devastating disease.  To date his NJ-based team - Crush ALS/Team Bannon - has raised over $1M.  John and I are honored to join this team. I am in utter pain training for this Ride, hours on end in the unforgiving bike seat.  Yet, my pain is nothing compared to what those afflicted with ALS endure.  Please support me in this Ride by donating below.  Many thanks - Liz 

John Tinkham

John Tinkham
  • Rider
  • 1st Trek

John Tinkham

In a moment of weakness, I agreed to join Liz on a ride to raise money for ALS.  Accordingly, this summer I am riding/limping 270 miles over a three day period to raise money to help find an effective treatment for ALS.  That is about three times farther than I have ridden in any three day period.  In all seriousness, ALS is a horrible disease that impacts my sister-in-laws family.  I would appreciate any support you can offer. 

John Tinkham
  • Rider
  • 1st Trek

In a moment of weakness, I agreed to join Liz on a ride to raise money for ALS.  Accordingly, this summer I am riding/limping 270 miles over a three day period to raise money to help find an effective treatment for ALS.  That is about three times farther than I have ridden in any three day period.  In all seriousness, ALS is a horrible disease that impacts my sister-in-laws family.  I would appreciate any support you can offer. 

Jack McCarthy

Riding for those who no longer can
Jack McCarthy
  • Rider
  • 1st Trek

Jack McCarthy

Riding for those who no longer can

After several years of coaxing, I am finally joining my Dad John McCarthy in riding 270 miles from Boston to Greenwich, CT in support of curing ALS with team Crush ALS/Team Bannon. I love riding my bike every day, and it can be easy to take being able-bodied for granted. Please help fund this critical research to develop a cure to ALS so that more people can continue living life to the fullest! I am riding in memory of Mary and John Rooney. Please consider supporting this worthwhile cause and make a donation to the ALS Therapy Development Institute. Any amount helps. Thank you for your support.

Jack McCarthy
  • Rider
  • 1st Trek

After several years of coaxing, I am finally joining my Dad John McCarthy in riding 270 miles from Boston to Greenwich, CT in support of curing ALS with team Crush ALS/Team Bannon. I love riding my bike every day, and it can be easy to take being able-bodied for granted. Please help fund this critical research to develop a cure to ALS so that more people can continue living life to the fullest! I am riding in memory of Mary and John Rooney. Please consider supporting this worthwhile cause and make a donation to the ALS Therapy Development Institute. Any amount helps. Thank you for your support.

Peter Jeffrey

Everyone seems to know someone who knows someone with ALS. You can still sponsor my Tri-State Trek to help.
Peter Jeffrey
  • Rider
  • 1st Trek

Peter Jeffrey

Everyone seems to know someone who knows someone with ALS. You can still sponsor my Tri-State Trek to help.

They paid to watch me schvitz. And schvitz. I delivered. Last weekend I embarked on the Tri-State Trek, a grueling, three-day, 270-mile bike ride to help finance a cure, or an effective treatment, for ALS. ALS degrades and ultimately destroys the ability to walk, talk and eat. That's the serious part of this letter. The funny part, as my friend John would appreciate if he were here, is the 270 miles, a hilly distance that is, in both the traditional and trendy senses of the word, stupid. Want to support our effort to give people with ALS a fighting chance? Or just my desperate midlife quest for glory? If so, you can still click on the Donate button under my face and choose the amount that's right for you. And if you think I don't know your net worth, I'm afraid your husband wife life partner acupuncturist let it slip at the concert protest book party exorcism Near the Donate button you'll see my original goal ($2,000) and how far we've exceeded it. As I didn't say on the 270-mile ride, I'd like to go further, given the cost of the research and the urgency with which the ALS Therapy Development Institute is working. Your donation will go straight to ALS TDI. (For checks, the donation form is here.) You can ask your employer whether it will match. A glance at this page will show you why your dollars, and my hilarious folly, can actually enrich and extend lives. And you know what? I was actually into those 270 miles of rural rollers, both because I'm insane and because I lost a colleague and friend to ALS -- the guy I mentioned, the distinguished journalist John Curran, who died at 59 after a long struggle to hang in there for the wife and four children he adored. I just want to do whatever I can to spare the next generation this heartbreak, and you can help by sponsoring my ride. Here's the surest sign your contribution will be powerful. Many of the "friends" who lured me into this torturous mishegoss are top-notch, skeptical journalists. And many have banged out those punishing miles more than a few times since the first Tri-State Trek in 2003. They wouldn't be doing it if they hadn't vetted the Trek, which helped fund this potential breakthrough, among others. Now I am their teammate. So damn them to hell, click on Donate and wish us luck on next year's Trek. Peter

Peter Jeffrey
  • Rider
  • 1st Trek

They paid to watch me schvitz. And schvitz. I delivered. Last weekend I embarked on the Tri-State Trek, a grueling, three-day, 270-mile bike ride to help finance a cure, or an effective treatment, for ALS. ALS degrades and ultimately destroys the ability to walk, talk and eat. That's the serious part of this letter. The funny part, as my friend John would appreciate if he were here, is the 270 miles, a hilly distance that is, in both the traditional and trendy senses of the word, stupid. Want to support our effort to give people with ALS a fighting chance? Or just my desperate midlife quest for glory? If so, you can still click on the Donate button under my face and choose the amount that's right for you. And if you think I don't know your net worth, I'm afraid your husband wife life partner acupuncturist let it slip at the concert protest book party exorcism Near the Donate button you'll see my original goal ($2,000) and how far we've exceeded it. As I didn't say on the 270-mile ride, I'd like to go further, given the cost of the research and the urgency with which the ALS Therapy Development Institute is working. Your donation will go straight to ALS TDI. (For checks, the donation form is here.) You can ask your employer whether it will match. A glance at this page will show you why your dollars, and my hilarious folly, can actually enrich and extend lives. And you know what? I was actually into those 270 miles of rural rollers, both because I'm insane and because I lost a colleague and friend to ALS -- the guy I mentioned, the distinguished journalist John Curran, who died at 59 after a long struggle to hang in there for the wife and four children he adored. I just want to do whatever I can to spare the next generation this heartbreak, and you can help by sponsoring my ride. Here's the surest sign your contribution will be powerful. Many of the "friends" who lured me into this torturous mishegoss are top-notch, skeptical journalists. And many have banged out those punishing miles more than a few times since the first Tri-State Trek in 2003. They wouldn't be doing it if they hadn't vetted the Trek, which helped fund this potential breakthrough, among others. Now I am their teammate. So damn them to hell, click on Donate and wish us luck on next year's Trek. Peter

Barbara Janulis

Barbara Janulis
  • Rider
  • 2nd Trek

Barbara Janulis

Barbara Janulis
  • Rider
  • 2nd Trek

Linda Sterling

Riding for those who no longer can
Linda Sterling
  • Rider
  • 2nd Trek

Linda Sterling

Riding for those who no longer can

This summer I am riding 270 miles to find an effective treatment for ALS. Please support my efforts.  Ten years ago, I helped train Lisa Bannon, the captain of the CrushALS team for her first Trek, and have been so impressed by her efforts on this ride and with the fundraising she has been able to do.  I've been lucky to meet many of the other team members, and am finally stepping up to the plate to share in this experience with them.  ALS is a devastating disease, and it's time to find the cure.  It is my honor and privilege to sweat up and down the hills of MA and CT with the team, and I am just praying for no rain, as that appears to be the typical blessing of this specific weekend in June every year!  But come rain or come shine, I'll ride!

Linda Sterling
  • Rider
  • 2nd Trek

This summer I am riding 270 miles to find an effective treatment for ALS. Please support my efforts.  Ten years ago, I helped train Lisa Bannon, the captain of the CrushALS team for her first Trek, and have been so impressed by her efforts on this ride and with the fundraising she has been able to do.  I've been lucky to meet many of the other team members, and am finally stepping up to the plate to share in this experience with them.  ALS is a devastating disease, and it's time to find the cure.  It is my honor and privilege to sweat up and down the hills of MA and CT with the team, and I am just praying for no rain, as that appears to be the typical blessing of this specific weekend in June every year!  But come rain or come shine, I'll ride!

Nell Steinmetz

Giving hope to those who still have a chance.
Nell Steinmetz
  • 3 Day Crew
  • 5th Trek

Nell Steinmetz

Giving hope to those who still have a chance.

This will be my fifth year volunteering as road side crew for the Tri-State Trek. The Tri-State Trek is an annual bike ride in which people from all over the country who have been affected by ALS in some way, come together to raise funds and awareness for the terrible disease. They do this by riding their bikes 270 miles, from Boston to Greenwich, CT over the course of three days. ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a terminal disease with no known effective treatment or cure. The cause is unknown, and leads a patient to become completely paralyzed over time. The life expectancy of someome diagnosed with ALS can vary from a few months to lifelong, and it is also possible to have ALS genes running in a family. Unfortunately, when I was 8 years old, in 2006, my uncle Chuckie was diagnosed with ALS. My family watched him transform from a strong and funny man into a paralyzed and weak one. Ever since he passed away in 2009, my family has been dedicated to raising funds and awareness for the disease. I first began volunteering for the Trek on my mom's team (Crush ALS/Team Bannon) when I was 12 years old, the earliest I possibly could. When I reached high school, I wanted to do more and decided to create a club to make the same type of my difference that my family was attempting to. We ended up raising almost $3000 by the time I graduated, and somehow, that is still not enough.  Researchers at ALS-TDI are doing everything they can to find treatments, causes, and possibly a cure for ALS, but as of right now, the only thing I can do is raise more awareness and funds for research, as well as participate in the Trek as often as I can.  Any amount makes a difference, even one dollar. I would appreciate anything you are willing, to give hope to those who still have a chance of beating out such a terrible disease!

Nell Steinmetz
  • 3 Day Crew
  • 5th Trek

This will be my fifth year volunteering as road side crew for the Tri-State Trek. The Tri-State Trek is an annual bike ride in which people from all over the country who have been affected by ALS in some way, come together to raise funds and awareness for the terrible disease. They do this by riding their bikes 270 miles, from Boston to Greenwich, CT over the course of three days. ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a terminal disease with no known effective treatment or cure. The cause is unknown, and leads a patient to become completely paralyzed over time. The life expectancy of someome diagnosed with ALS can vary from a few months to lifelong, and it is also possible to have ALS genes running in a family. Unfortunately, when I was 8 years old, in 2006, my uncle Chuckie was diagnosed with ALS. My family watched him transform from a strong and funny man into a paralyzed and weak one. Ever since he passed away in 2009, my family has been dedicated to raising funds and awareness for the disease. I first began volunteering for the Trek on my mom's team (Crush ALS/Team Bannon) when I was 12 years old, the earliest I possibly could. When I reached high school, I wanted to do more and decided to create a club to make the same type of my difference that my family was attempting to. We ended up raising almost $3000 by the time I graduated, and somehow, that is still not enough.  Researchers at ALS-TDI are doing everything they can to find treatments, causes, and possibly a cure for ALS, but as of right now, the only thing I can do is raise more awareness and funds for research, as well as participate in the Trek as often as I can.  Any amount makes a difference, even one dollar. I would appreciate anything you are willing, to give hope to those who still have a chance of beating out such a terrible disease!

Betsy Macdonnell

ALS is not incurable. It is underfunded.
Betsy Macdonnell
  • 3 Day Crew
  • 7th Trek

Betsy Macdonnell

ALS is not incurable. It is underfunded.

This summer, I will be participating in the Tri State Trek for the 7th year in a row. ALS has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. My maternal grandmother, Betty Anne Chapman, was diagnosed with ALS in 1996, and lived with the disease until November 2013. ALS TDI is the largest ALS research centre in the world, and the scientists at TDI work day in and day out to find a cure. I have been lucky to work at TDI as an intern both last summer and this summer, and getting to see the work that everyone at this organziation puts in is inspiring. ALS is not an incureable disease, it's an underfunded one. Any little donation you make will push us closer to a cure. Thank you for joining me in the fight to end ALS. 

Betsy Macdonnell
  • 3 Day Crew
  • 7th Trek

This summer, I will be participating in the Tri State Trek for the 7th year in a row. ALS has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. My maternal grandmother, Betty Anne Chapman, was diagnosed with ALS in 1996, and lived with the disease until November 2013. ALS TDI is the largest ALS research centre in the world, and the scientists at TDI work day in and day out to find a cure. I have been lucky to work at TDI as an intern both last summer and this summer, and getting to see the work that everyone at this organziation puts in is inspiring. ALS is not an incureable disease, it's an underfunded one. Any little donation you make will push us closer to a cure. Thank you for joining me in the fight to end ALS. 

Edmund Rooney

Edmund Rooney
  • 3 Day Crew
  • 1st Trek

Edmund Rooney

Edmund Rooney
  • 3 Day Crew
  • 1st Trek

John Steinmetz

John Steinmetz
  • 3 Day Crew
  • 2nd Trek

John Steinmetz

John Steinmetz
  • 3 Day Crew
  • 2nd Trek

Alan Levin

Alan Levin
  • Rider
  • 3rd Trek

Alan Levin

Alan Levin
  • Rider
  • 3rd Trek