Crush ALS/Team Bannon
Team Captain

Lisa Bannon

Riding For Chuckie
Lisa Bannon
  • Rider
  • 12th Trek

Lisa Bannon

Riding For Chuckie

This will be the 12th 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 more than 20 with riders 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 12 years 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
  • 12th Trek

This will be the 12th 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 more than 20 with riders 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 12 years 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
  • 6th 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 last year ALS-TDI has tested 22 potential drugs for ALS, with another 20 in the pipeline for 2020. A new animal model of ALS (in zebrafish) has been developed and two additional animal models will be developed this year.  These animal models allow for the study of various mutations of the disease.  Moreover, with the money coming directly from the Tri-State Trek, three compounds have been validated for treatment by ALS-TDI and are now in clinical trial.  For a disease having no effective treatment, this is a major beakthrough. I am both privileged and honored to ride for Team Bannon-Crush ALS (pictured above).  In its eleven-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 in 2020. In this year of unprecedented events, we are faced with a new and very different challenge:  COVID-19.  The Tri-State Trek, for obvious reasons, cannot operate under its existing model.  Instead, it has been transformed into the My State Trek.  Riders are invited to complete 270 miles (riding solo from their home base) and post these rides to a common website known as Strava.  The sincere hope is that you, the faithful supporters of this ever so worthy cause, will find it in your hearts to contribute in the same manner as if the Trek were functioning in a normal fashion.  In lieu of the 270 mile, three-day bike ride from Boston to Greenwich, CT,  which was scheduled for June 19-21, 2020, I pledge to ride an equivalent distance over the same three days, starting from home and returning there every 25-30 miles to replenish the Gatorade, so as  to avoid convenience store purchases. This will be my sixth consecutive year of participation in this great event.   Your contribution will place your name on the list of recipients of my daily ride updates, which I will provide in the same fashion as in prior years, as I share this unique experience with you.  My challenge will be to make these narratives interesting, despite the repetitive nature of the courses I shall ride. 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. Please be as generous as you can.  Every little bit helps. Certainly some of our prior years' donors have been negatively impacted by the coronavirus.  To those of you upon whom the impact has been less severe, please consider an increased donation in this year to counterbalance the anticipated shortfall. And please take a moment to view the inspirational video directly below depicting what was to be on 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
  • 6th 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 last year ALS-TDI has tested 22 potential drugs for ALS, with another 20 in the pipeline for 2020. A new animal model of ALS (in zebrafish) has been developed and two additional animal models will be developed this year.  These animal models allow for the study of various mutations of the disease.  Moreover, with the money coming directly from the Tri-State Trek, three compounds have been validated for treatment by ALS-TDI and are now in clinical trial.  For a disease having no effective treatment, this is a major beakthrough. I am both privileged and honored to ride for Team Bannon-Crush ALS (pictured above).  In its eleven-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 in 2020. In this year of unprecedented events, we are faced with a new and very different challenge:  COVID-19.  The Tri-State Trek, for obvious reasons, cannot operate under its existing model.  Instead, it has been transformed into the My State Trek.  Riders are invited to complete 270 miles (riding solo from their home base) and post these rides to a common website known as Strava.  The sincere hope is that you, the faithful supporters of this ever so worthy cause, will find it in your hearts to contribute in the same manner as if the Trek were functioning in a normal fashion.  In lieu of the 270 mile, three-day bike ride from Boston to Greenwich, CT,  which was scheduled for June 19-21, 2020, I pledge to ride an equivalent distance over the same three days, starting from home and returning there every 25-30 miles to replenish the Gatorade, so as  to avoid convenience store purchases. This will be my sixth consecutive year of participation in this great event.   Your contribution will place your name on the list of recipients of my daily ride updates, which I will provide in the same fashion as in prior years, as I share this unique experience with you.  My challenge will be to make these narratives interesting, despite the repetitive nature of the courses I shall ride. 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. Please be as generous as you can.  Every little bit helps. Certainly some of our prior years' donors have been negatively impacted by the coronavirus.  To those of you upon whom the impact has been less severe, please consider an increased donation in this year to counterbalance the anticipated shortfall. And please take a moment to view the inspirational video directly below depicting what was to be on 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    

David Voreacos

David Voreacos
  • Rider
  • 4th Trek

David Voreacos

Hola, hope that you’re surviving the pandemic in good health. For the fourth year, I’m bicycling to raise money for the fight against ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. It’s a terribly debilitating and cruel disease with no known cure. That’s why the work of ALS Therapy Development Institute in Cambridge, MA, is so important. ALS-TDI is leading research into finding a treatment and cure for ALS. Unfortunately, Covid-19 has reduced the ability of ALS-TDI to raise money this year. The annual ALS-TDI Tri-State Trek, a 270-mile ride over three days from Boston to Greenwich, CT, has been cancelled for the safety of the riders. Instead, we’ll be riding in our own fashion through the ``My-State Trek.’’ Everyone will design their own rides by June 21. I plan to complete the mileage in three or four days. The inspiring group that I rode with for the past three years, Team Bannon-Crush ALS, has raised more than $1 million over the past decade. Many members of the team have had loved ones affected by the disease. Will you consider donating money to support the fight against ALS? I know this has been a hard time for so many people. If this isn’t a good time for you to give money, please don’t worry. But if you can give, everyone on Team Bannon and at ALS-TDI would be extremely grateful. Thanks for your consideration. -David  

David Voreacos
  • Rider
  • 4th Trek

Hola, hope that you’re surviving the pandemic in good health. For the fourth year, I’m bicycling to raise money for the fight against ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. It’s a terribly debilitating and cruel disease with no known cure. That’s why the work of ALS Therapy Development Institute in Cambridge, MA, is so important. ALS-TDI is leading research into finding a treatment and cure for ALS. Unfortunately, Covid-19 has reduced the ability of ALS-TDI to raise money this year. The annual ALS-TDI Tri-State Trek, a 270-mile ride over three days from Boston to Greenwich, CT, has been cancelled for the safety of the riders. Instead, we’ll be riding in our own fashion through the ``My-State Trek.’’ Everyone will design their own rides by June 21. I plan to complete the mileage in three or four days. The inspiring group that I rode with for the past three years, Team Bannon-Crush ALS, has raised more than $1 million over the past decade. Many members of the team have had loved ones affected by the disease. Will you consider donating money to support the fight against ALS? I know this has been a hard time for so many people. If this isn’t a good time for you to give money, please don’t worry. But if you can give, everyone on Team Bannon and at ALS-TDI would be extremely grateful. Thanks for your consideration. -David  

Andrew Martin

Putting my mid-life crisis to good use
Andrew Martin
  • Rider
  • 7th Trek

Andrew Martin

Putting my mid-life crisis to good use

The annual ALS-TDI Tri-State Trek isn’t happening this year because of the coronavirus. Not so smart to tour America’s hot spots for Covid-19 packed together on bicycles. But we are having a modified trek this year, and once again, I’m hoping you might be able to offer some financial support. They have rebranded it the My-State Trek 2020, which essentially means do what you can. In my case – and for my other riders in this area – we are planning to ride around Manhattan one day, and then do the other two days in New Jersey, including one 100-miler (why doesn’t Back Roads advertise that biking package?). As much as we like to talk about all the miles on the trek, what really matters is the money we raise. And the ALS Therapy Development Institute needs money to keep crucial research going. The fact is, ALS researchers are very close to finding a cure for familial ALS – the genetic type that unfortunately runs through my wife’s family.  But researchers need dollars to continue their important work.   Now more than ever, there are a lot of needs for your charity dollars. And if you have lost your job or have a diminished income, good luck regaining your financial health. Talk to you next year. But if you can spare a donation for ALS research, I’d appreciate it.  

Andrew Martin
  • Rider
  • 7th Trek

The annual ALS-TDI Tri-State Trek isn’t happening this year because of the coronavirus. Not so smart to tour America’s hot spots for Covid-19 packed together on bicycles. But we are having a modified trek this year, and once again, I’m hoping you might be able to offer some financial support. They have rebranded it the My-State Trek 2020, which essentially means do what you can. In my case – and for my other riders in this area – we are planning to ride around Manhattan one day, and then do the other two days in New Jersey, including one 100-miler (why doesn’t Back Roads advertise that biking package?). As much as we like to talk about all the miles on the trek, what really matters is the money we raise. And the ALS Therapy Development Institute needs money to keep crucial research going. The fact is, ALS researchers are very close to finding a cure for familial ALS – the genetic type that unfortunately runs through my wife’s family.  But researchers need dollars to continue their important work.   Now more than ever, there are a lot of needs for your charity dollars. And if you have lost your job or have a diminished income, good luck regaining your financial health. Talk to you next year. But if you can spare a donation for ALS research, I’d appreciate it.  

Timothy Rooney

Riding to end ALS
Timothy Rooney
  • Rider
  • 3rd Trek

Timothy Rooney

Riding to end ALS

This summer I am riding my 3rd ALS TDI Tri-State Trek, known now as the My-State Trek. I plan to ride 280-miles over three days in memory of family that died of ALS, find an effective treatment for patients battling ALS and find a cure for those that may develop ALS. The summer of 2020 will have a dramatic impact on my ride. In an effort to try and remain healthy and stop the spread of COVID 19. I won’t be travelling to Boston, MA to ride to Greenwich, CT.  While I will be riding mostly alone and unsupported, I have a few riding goals. 1) Ride in three states similar to the ALS TDI Tri-State Trek 2) Create a new personal distance riding record (prior personal best is 108 miles in one day) 3) Finish healthy. I ride because 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. In May of 2020 we lost an amazing ALS Advocate my sister in law Meg Clarke Rooney (my brother John’s wife). I ride in memory of them and many others and to honor the friends and family that are currently battling ALS. I have a goal of raising $2,500 and would be thrilled to exceed that. While riding on my own, I remain a happy member of Team Bannon Crush ALS who has raised over $1 million dollars since its inception in memory of Chuck Bannon in 2009.   With your support we can continue to Crush ALS. Thank you, Tim

Timothy Rooney
  • Rider
  • 3rd Trek

This summer I am riding my 3rd ALS TDI Tri-State Trek, known now as the My-State Trek. I plan to ride 280-miles over three days in memory of family that died of ALS, find an effective treatment for patients battling ALS and find a cure for those that may develop ALS. The summer of 2020 will have a dramatic impact on my ride. In an effort to try and remain healthy and stop the spread of COVID 19. I won’t be travelling to Boston, MA to ride to Greenwich, CT.  While I will be riding mostly alone and unsupported, I have a few riding goals. 1) Ride in three states similar to the ALS TDI Tri-State Trek 2) Create a new personal distance riding record (prior personal best is 108 miles in one day) 3) Finish healthy. I ride because 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. In May of 2020 we lost an amazing ALS Advocate my sister in law Meg Clarke Rooney (my brother John’s wife). I ride in memory of them and many others and to honor the friends and family that are currently battling ALS. I have a goal of raising $2,500 and would be thrilled to exceed that. While riding on my own, I remain a happy member of Team Bannon Crush ALS who has raised over $1 million dollars since its inception in memory of Chuck Bannon in 2009.   With your support we can continue to Crush ALS. Thank you, Tim

Harold Picken

Riding with my friends to support those who no longer can.
Harold Picken
  • Rider
  • 1st Trek

Harold Picken

Riding with my friends to support those who no longer can.

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

Harold Picken
  • Rider
  • 1st Trek

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

David Snyder

Partnering with Sonder Brewing to Fight ALS!
David Snyder
  • Rider
  • 3rd Trek

David Snyder

Partnering with Sonder Brewing to Fight ALS!

This will be my 3rd Trek and I'm so proud to be partnering with Sonder Brewing in Mason OH in the month of June.  Sonder will donate a portion of beer sales for the month to ALS TDI.  I'll be riding 270 miles in three days, but the folks at TDI work their butts off every day to find a cure for this heinous disease.  I hope you will support me, Team Bannon, and Sonder Brewing as we support them.  So donate, drink (Sonder) beer, and put a smile on someone's face (including your own)! P.S. I will match Sonder's contribution to this year's ride, so if you just want to drink beer, and make someone else do the donating, then head to Sonder (if you are in the area) and open a tab...drink one for me!  

David Snyder
  • Rider
  • 3rd Trek

This will be my 3rd Trek and I'm so proud to be partnering with Sonder Brewing in Mason OH in the month of June.  Sonder will donate a portion of beer sales for the month to ALS TDI.  I'll be riding 270 miles in three days, but the folks at TDI work their butts off every day to find a cure for this heinous disease.  I hope you will support me, Team Bannon, and Sonder Brewing as we support them.  So donate, drink (Sonder) beer, and put a smile on someone's face (including your own)! P.S. I will match Sonder's contribution to this year's ride, so if you just want to drink beer, and make someone else do the donating, then head to Sonder (if you are in the area) and open a tab...drink one for me!  

Jeffrey Galvin

So others may live...until there's a cure.
Jeffrey Galvin
  • Rider
  • 1st Trek

Jeffrey Galvin

So others may live...until there's a cure.

After years of donating money toward the efforts of a great college friend, who puts his ass in the saddle and the rubber to the road for this event, I've decided to get off the sidelines and really commit to something bigger than myself. We're riding in the 18th annual Tris-State Trek to raise funds and awareness regarding ALS, a disease with which I am far too closely axquainted. Please donate whatever you can. This disease shows no signs of weakening, so we mustn't either.

Jeffrey Galvin
  • Rider
  • 1st Trek

After years of donating money toward the efforts of a great college friend, who puts his ass in the saddle and the rubber to the road for this event, I've decided to get off the sidelines and really commit to something bigger than myself. We're riding in the 18th annual Tris-State Trek to raise funds and awareness regarding ALS, a disease with which I am far too closely axquainted. Please donate whatever you can. This disease shows no signs of weakening, so we mustn't either.

Austin Snyder

Austin Snyder
  • Rider
  • 1st Trek

Austin Snyder

Austin Snyder
  • Rider
  • 1st Trek

Andrew Foster

Andrew Foster
  • Virtual 3-Day Rider
  • 5th 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
  • Virtual 3-Day Rider
  • 5th 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!

John McCarthy

Riding to Crush ALS
John McCarthy
  • Virtual 3-Day Rider
  • 5th Trek

John McCarthy

Riding to Crush ALS

This spring, which ends June 20, I am riding 500 miles to find an effective treatment for ALS. Please support my efforts. Many, many thanks!

John McCarthy
  • Virtual 3-Day Rider
  • 5th Trek

This spring, which ends June 20, I am riding 500 miles to find an effective treatment for ALS. Please support my efforts. Many, many thanks!

Breen Bannon

Riding for those who no longer can.
Breen Bannon
  • Virtual 3-Day Rider
  • 12th 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
  • Virtual 3-Day Rider
  • 12th 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

Hugh Macdonnell

Riding for those who no longer can.
Hugh Macdonnell
  • Virtual 3-Day Rider
  • 9th 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
  • Virtual 3-Day Rider
  • 9th 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  

Lane Ramsey

Riding for a cure
Lane Ramsey
  • Virtual 3-Day Rider
  • 1st Trek

Lane Ramsey

Riding for a cure

I am a 16-year-old high school student in Brooklyn, NY. This will be my first ride with My State Trek which raises funds for ALS research to find a cure for this horrible and incurable disease. The Trek is usually a 270-mile 3-day event from Boston to Greenwich, Connecticut but this year we’re gonna do it closer to home.  I strive to ride my bike every day and when I found out that I could ride for a change, it inspired me. I am honored to ride with Team Bannon in memory of Chuck Bannon who died in 2009 at the age of 43 from ALS. Team Bannon has raised over $1 million for the ALS Therapy Development Institute whose commitment is to develop a cure for ALS. For this journey I will be riding 270 miles over the span of 3 days in Prospect Park which has a 3.3-mile long bike loop. After I complete my sophomore year in June at the Winchendon School in Brooklyn, I will ride 90 miles a day around the park and I can't wait!  I need your support and sponsorship to help me reach my goal and will be reaching out to family, friends, neighbors, and school. Please be a part of this with me and contribute what you can. Every donation counts!  Thank you.

Lane Ramsey
  • Virtual 3-Day Rider
  • 1st Trek

I am a 16-year-old high school student in Brooklyn, NY. This will be my first ride with My State Trek which raises funds for ALS research to find a cure for this horrible and incurable disease. The Trek is usually a 270-mile 3-day event from Boston to Greenwich, Connecticut but this year we’re gonna do it closer to home.  I strive to ride my bike every day and when I found out that I could ride for a change, it inspired me. I am honored to ride with Team Bannon in memory of Chuck Bannon who died in 2009 at the age of 43 from ALS. Team Bannon has raised over $1 million for the ALS Therapy Development Institute whose commitment is to develop a cure for ALS. For this journey I will be riding 270 miles over the span of 3 days in Prospect Park which has a 3.3-mile long bike loop. After I complete my sophomore year in June at the Winchendon School in Brooklyn, I will ride 90 miles a day around the park and I can't wait!  I need your support and sponsorship to help me reach my goal and will be reaching out to family, friends, neighbors, and school. Please be a part of this with me and contribute what you can. Every donation counts!  Thank you.

Ei Rubinstein

Ei Rubinstein
  • Virtual 3-Day Rider
  • 1st Trek

Ei Rubinstein

This summer I am riding 270 miles to find an effective treatment for ALS. I'll be riding with one of my close friends who referred me to Tri-State Trek as he had someone close to him pass away due to this incurable disease. We will be riding 270 miles in Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York across a three day period.  Sponsorships for this ride would be greatly appreciated, everything counts!

Ei Rubinstein
  • Virtual 3-Day Rider
  • 1st Trek

This summer I am riding 270 miles to find an effective treatment for ALS. I'll be riding with one of my close friends who referred me to Tri-State Trek as he had someone close to him pass away due to this incurable disease. We will be riding 270 miles in Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York across a three day period.  Sponsorships for this ride would be greatly appreciated, everything counts!

Margot Macdonnell

Riding for those who no longer can
Margot Macdonnell
  • Virtual DIY Rider
  • 2nd Trek

Margot Macdonnell

Riding for those who no longer can

Dear Friends, As many of you know, in 2013, I lost my Mom, Betty Anne Chapman, after a 17-year battle with ALS. It's hard to describe the effect that ALS had, not just on my Mom, but also on my entire family. It was devastating, and, in truth, even seven years later, my brother, sister, and I are still reeling from it. ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a fatal disease that causes total paralysis while leaving the patient's mind untouched. Imagine if you can what that must be like. Currently, there is no treatment or cure, but I don't believe that's the end of the story. ALS is not an incurable disease. It's just an underfunded one.   For the last nine years, my husband Hugh (as a rider) and my daughter, Betsy (as crew) have participated in the Tri-State Trek in honour of my Mom. Now in its 17th year, the Trek is a three-day supported bicycle ride from Boston to Greenwich, CT, accomplished by hundreds of riders.  The Trek raises money for the ALS Therapy Development Institute, a Boston based research laboratory whose mission is to find a cure for this dreaded disease. Last year, under typical circumstances, the Trek raised close to $1,000,000.00 for ALS-TDI, nearly 10% of its annual budget. But of course, nothing is typical this year.  ALS-TDI is doing its best to navigate this crisis. Much of its staff has been furloughed; others are on reduced salaries.  Almost all of them are working from home, although dedicated employees do come to the lab to feed and care for the various animals and fish that provide such an essential first step in the experimental process. Many of the lab's sources of income have evaporated. More than ever, they need our help.   This year's Trek was scheduled to run from June 19th through June 21st, which ironically happens to be my mother's birthday.  Due to Covid-19, this year the Tri-State Trek has been converted to the My-State Trek, an event in which each rider can choose how they wish to participate. While I did participate one year on the crew, to be honest, I've never been brave enough to join as a rider.  Road bikes terrify me (and to my skiing friends, I acknowledge that that makes no sense), and frankly, I didn't think I had it in me.  Still, the fact that the Trek ends on the 21st has inspired me to do more this year.  I think my Mom is actually giving me a cosmic kick in the pants and telling me to get going!  So, this year, starting on June 1st, I will be riding every day on my peloton with the goal of hitting 270 miles by June 21st.   It's not lost on me that Hugh and his teammates accomplish this feat every year in just three days, but given that it's taken me the entire month of May to ride 230 miles I think I've got my work cut out for me.  I hope that you will consider sponsoring me this year. I will be tracking my daily rides on strava and will post weekly updates of my progress on Facebook so you can see how I'm doing.  If you still aren't on Facebook, I promise to send you weekly updates through email.  Please know that if Covid-19 has stretched your family's budget too thin and you cannot donate, I completely understand.  I hope that you will still follow my progress and cheer me on along the way.   Thank you in advance for your support. Much love, Margot

Margot Macdonnell
  • Virtual DIY Rider
  • 2nd Trek

Dear Friends, As many of you know, in 2013, I lost my Mom, Betty Anne Chapman, after a 17-year battle with ALS. It's hard to describe the effect that ALS had, not just on my Mom, but also on my entire family. It was devastating, and, in truth, even seven years later, my brother, sister, and I are still reeling from it. ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a fatal disease that causes total paralysis while leaving the patient's mind untouched. Imagine if you can what that must be like. Currently, there is no treatment or cure, but I don't believe that's the end of the story. ALS is not an incurable disease. It's just an underfunded one.   For the last nine years, my husband Hugh (as a rider) and my daughter, Betsy (as crew) have participated in the Tri-State Trek in honour of my Mom. Now in its 17th year, the Trek is a three-day supported bicycle ride from Boston to Greenwich, CT, accomplished by hundreds of riders.  The Trek raises money for the ALS Therapy Development Institute, a Boston based research laboratory whose mission is to find a cure for this dreaded disease. Last year, under typical circumstances, the Trek raised close to $1,000,000.00 for ALS-TDI, nearly 10% of its annual budget. But of course, nothing is typical this year.  ALS-TDI is doing its best to navigate this crisis. Much of its staff has been furloughed; others are on reduced salaries.  Almost all of them are working from home, although dedicated employees do come to the lab to feed and care for the various animals and fish that provide such an essential first step in the experimental process. Many of the lab's sources of income have evaporated. More than ever, they need our help.   This year's Trek was scheduled to run from June 19th through June 21st, which ironically happens to be my mother's birthday.  Due to Covid-19, this year the Tri-State Trek has been converted to the My-State Trek, an event in which each rider can choose how they wish to participate. While I did participate one year on the crew, to be honest, I've never been brave enough to join as a rider.  Road bikes terrify me (and to my skiing friends, I acknowledge that that makes no sense), and frankly, I didn't think I had it in me.  Still, the fact that the Trek ends on the 21st has inspired me to do more this year.  I think my Mom is actually giving me a cosmic kick in the pants and telling me to get going!  So, this year, starting on June 1st, I will be riding every day on my peloton with the goal of hitting 270 miles by June 21st.   It's not lost on me that Hugh and his teammates accomplish this feat every year in just three days, but given that it's taken me the entire month of May to ride 230 miles I think I've got my work cut out for me.  I hope that you will consider sponsoring me this year. I will be tracking my daily rides on strava and will post weekly updates of my progress on Facebook so you can see how I'm doing.  If you still aren't on Facebook, I promise to send you weekly updates through email.  Please know that if Covid-19 has stretched your family's budget too thin and you cannot donate, I completely understand.  I hope that you will still follow my progress and cheer me on along the way.   Thank you in advance for your support. Much love, Margot