Team Captain

Andrew Ruggiero

Because it's the least Pete would do
Andrew Ruggiero
  • Rider
  • 6th Trek

Andrew Ruggiero

Because it's the least Pete would do

This summer I am riding 270 miles to find an effective treatment for ALS. Please support my efforts. Writing this on the day we said goodbye to Pete. I knew sick Pete longer than I knew healthy Pete.  This will be a fluid document as I can't find the words today. While I figure out how to ask for your support and explain why I'm going to ride for a 6th time, here's Pete's Affirmation: Be Passionate Be Genuine Be Hardworking And don't ever be afraind to be GREAT! #PF3

Andrew Ruggiero
  • Rider
  • 6th Trek

This summer I am riding 270 miles to find an effective treatment for ALS. Please support my efforts. Writing this on the day we said goodbye to Pete. I knew sick Pete longer than I knew healthy Pete.  This will be a fluid document as I can't find the words today. While I figure out how to ask for your support and explain why I'm going to ride for a 6th time, here's Pete's Affirmation: Be Passionate Be Genuine Be Hardworking And don't ever be afraind to be GREAT! #PF3

Team Members

Ryan Thomson

Thank-you for visiting my fundraising page...
Ryan Thomson
  • Rider
  • 4th Trek

Ryan Thomson

Thank-you for visiting my fundraising page...

I still remember the day I first learned about ALS like it was yesterday.  It was summer-2014, the Ice Bucket Challenge had just started here in Boston and like many, I was learning about ALS – what is does to the body, that there was/is no cure and that life expectancy is a cruel 3 to 5 years – for the first time.  I remember feeling shocked, stunned, sad and mostly mad.  How was it possible – despite all the advancements in technology & modern medicine – that a disease this terrible could STILL exist!?!  How was it possible that there hadn’t been one significant medical advancement in the SEVENTY-FIVE YEARS since Lou Gehrig delivered his speech at Yankee Stadium in 1939?  It just didn’t add up or sit well with me and so the following spring, having no idea what I was getting myself into I joined up with Team Frate Train and participated in my very first Tri-State Trek… Six short years later and SO MUCH has changed.  The Ice Bucket Challenge went on to go viral and became the single-largest fundraising event in history - raising ~$115m, most of which poured into ALS research.  There is greater awareness and understanding around ALS.  There have been several breakthroughs in research labs around the country.  There are now two FDA-approved treatments for ALS, including Radicava, which hit the market in 2017 and helps slow the progression of ALS.  There are more clinical trials available to patients today than ever…cutting-edge treatments that are delivering real results and helping those with ALS live longer, higher-quality lives in the process.      Unfortunately, another thing has changed - Pete is no longer (physically) with us.  After a courageous 7yr battle, the disease he has worked tirelessly and courageously to find a cure for finally took his life in December at the age of 34.  But Pete’s spirit, courage and mission lives on in all of us.  With that in mind, this spring we will come together once again as a team and a community to continue our collective fight to #strikeoutALS.  PLEASE consider making a donation, however big or small to support my efforts to help find a cure for ALS.  In Pete’s words, “let’s work together and make this disease a thing of the past”!     Thank-you in advance for your support!  Ryan

Ryan Thomson
  • Rider
  • 4th Trek

I still remember the day I first learned about ALS like it was yesterday.  It was summer-2014, the Ice Bucket Challenge had just started here in Boston and like many, I was learning about ALS – what is does to the body, that there was/is no cure and that life expectancy is a cruel 3 to 5 years – for the first time.  I remember feeling shocked, stunned, sad and mostly mad.  How was it possible – despite all the advancements in technology & modern medicine – that a disease this terrible could STILL exist!?!  How was it possible that there hadn’t been one significant medical advancement in the SEVENTY-FIVE YEARS since Lou Gehrig delivered his speech at Yankee Stadium in 1939?  It just didn’t add up or sit well with me and so the following spring, having no idea what I was getting myself into I joined up with Team Frate Train and participated in my very first Tri-State Trek… Six short years later and SO MUCH has changed.  The Ice Bucket Challenge went on to go viral and became the single-largest fundraising event in history - raising ~$115m, most of which poured into ALS research.  There is greater awareness and understanding around ALS.  There have been several breakthroughs in research labs around the country.  There are now two FDA-approved treatments for ALS, including Radicava, which hit the market in 2017 and helps slow the progression of ALS.  There are more clinical trials available to patients today than ever…cutting-edge treatments that are delivering real results and helping those with ALS live longer, higher-quality lives in the process.      Unfortunately, another thing has changed - Pete is no longer (physically) with us.  After a courageous 7yr battle, the disease he has worked tirelessly and courageously to find a cure for finally took his life in December at the age of 34.  But Pete’s spirit, courage and mission lives on in all of us.  With that in mind, this spring we will come together once again as a team and a community to continue our collective fight to #strikeoutALS.  PLEASE consider making a donation, however big or small to support my efforts to help find a cure for ALS.  In Pete’s words, “let’s work together and make this disease a thing of the past”!     Thank-you in advance for your support!  Ryan

Donald McAuliffe MD

Participating in honor of my friend Pete!
Donald McAuliffe MD
  • 3 Day Crew
  • 5th Trek

Donald McAuliffe MD

Participating in honor of my friend Pete!

"Be passionate, be genuine, be hardworking, and don't be afraid to be great!" Pete Frates #3

Donald McAuliffe MD
  • 3 Day Crew
  • 5th Trek

"Be passionate, be genuine, be hardworking, and don't be afraid to be great!" Pete Frates #3