Team Captain

Lisa Bannon

Riding For Chuckie
Lisa Bannon
  • Rider
  • 11th Trek

Lisa Bannon

Riding For Chuckie

This will be the 10th 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. Last year, 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. Thanks to all of you, CrushALS/TeamBannon alone raised a record $250,000 last year, the biggest fundraiser of the Trek.   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 10th 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. Last year, 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. Thanks to all of you, CrushALS/TeamBannon alone raised a record $250,000 last year, the biggest fundraiser of the Trek.   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 now ready for clinical trial.  Currently, it is being evaluated for safety in non-human primates after demonstrating very promising signs in laboratory mice.  The estimated cost of the Phase 2 portion of this trial is a whopping $30 million. Last summer our team, Team Bannon-Crush ALS, raised more than $200,000.00 in contributions to the Tri State Trek.  The total amount of donations raised by all teams approached $1 million.  This year (the tenth for our team) we have set a lofty goal of $300,000.00 for the team and $1.5 million for the ride itself.  This can only happen through the generosity and compassion of our wonderful donors. 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 22-24, 2018.  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 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, 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 now ready for clinical trial.  Currently, it is being evaluated for safety in non-human primates after demonstrating very promising signs in laboratory mice.  The estimated cost of the Phase 2 portion of this trial is a whopping $30 million. Last summer our team, Team Bannon-Crush ALS, raised more than $200,000.00 in contributions to the Tri State Trek.  The total amount of donations raised by all teams approached $1 million.  This year (the tenth for our team) we have set a lofty goal of $300,000.00 for the team and $1.5 million for the ride itself.  This can only happen through the generosity and compassion of our wonderful donors. 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 22-24, 2018.  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 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, 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.

This summer I am riding 270 miles to find an effective treatment for ALS. Please support my efforts.

John Wilson
  • Rider
  • 6th Trek

This summer I am riding 270 miles to find an effective treatment for ALS. Please support my efforts.

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

This summer I am riding 270 miles to find an effective treatment for ALS. Please support my efforts.

Ted Schmitt
  • Rider
  • 1st Trek

This summer I am riding 270 miles to find an effective treatment for ALS. Please support my efforts.

David Voreacos

David Voreacos
  • Rider
  • 3rd Trek

David Voreacos

Hola, friends. On June 22, I’ll begin my second 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 tenth year.  Our team raised more than $200,000 last year, and we hope to do even better this year. Would you consider donating?

David Voreacos
  • Rider
  • 3rd Trek

Hola, friends. On June 22, I’ll begin my second 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 tenth year.  Our team raised more than $200,000 last year, and we hope to do even better this year. Would you consider donating?

David Snyder

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

David Snyder

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

This summer I am driving 1800 miles to ride 270 miles on my bicycle to raise money to help find an effective treatment for ALS. I've committed the 4th weekend in June 2018 to helping others...friends who have lost loved ones...strangers...and fellow veterans, who are nearly twice as likely to develop ALS. I'd appreciate your support.

David Snyder
  • Rider
  • 2nd Trek

This summer I am driving 1800 miles to ride 270 miles on my bicycle to raise money to help find an effective treatment for ALS. I've committed the 4th weekend in June 2018 to helping others...friends who have lost loved ones...strangers...and fellow veterans, who are nearly twice as likely to develop ALS. I'd appreciate your support.