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Team Captain

Lisa Bannon

Riding For Chuckie
Lisa Bannon
  • In-Person Cyclist
  • 13th Trek

Lisa Bannon

Riding For Chuckie

This will be the 13th year in a row that I participate in the Tri-State Trek, the 270-mile bike ride to find a cure for ALS. After our brother Chuck died of ALS in 2009, my brother Breen and I vowed to keep riding until researchers discover a cure or effective treatment. Our team Crush ALS/Team Bannon, which Breen and I formed in 2009, is back again this year with 20 committed riders.  We are thrilled that the Trek is returning this year in person, even in a reduced format. We are committed to the hard work underway at ALS-TDI, the Boston-based research lab that sponsors the Trek. This has been a devastating period for so many people and organizations. If you are suffering and can’t support us financially this year we totally understand and wish you luck and strength to weather the storm. If you have the means to give, I really appreciate it.  I’d like to thank all of you for 13 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
  • In-Person Cyclist
  • 13th Trek

This will be the 13th year in a row that I participate in the Tri-State Trek, the 270-mile bike ride to find a cure for ALS. After our brother Chuck died of ALS in 2009, my brother Breen and I vowed to keep riding until researchers discover a cure or effective treatment. Our team Crush ALS/Team Bannon, which Breen and I formed in 2009, is back again this year with 20 committed riders.  We are thrilled that the Trek is returning this year in person, even in a reduced format. We are committed to the hard work underway at ALS-TDI, the Boston-based research lab that sponsors the Trek. This has been a devastating period for so many people and organizations. If you are suffering and can’t support us financially this year we totally understand and wish you luck and strength to weather the storm. If you have the means to give, I really appreciate it.  I’d like to thank all of you for 13 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

David Voreacos

David Voreacos
  • In-Person Cyclist
  • 5th 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
  • In-Person Cyclist
  • 5th 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 Foster

Andrew Foster
  • In-Person Cyclist
  • 6th 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
  • In-Person Cyclist
  • 6th 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!

Tami Furman

Tami Furman
  • In-Person Cyclist
  • 2nd Trek

Tami Furman

Tami Furman
  • In-Person Cyclist
  • 2nd Trek

Robert Higgins

Riding 270 Miles for Team Bannon-Crush ALS
Robert Higgins
  • In-Person Cyclist
  • 7th Trek

Robert Higgins

Riding 270 Miles 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 last month ALS-TDI announced the formation of a partnership with Dr. Richard Bedlack of the Duke University ALS clinic who has concentrated on those very rare situations in which an individual has experienced a reversal in the progression of the ALS symptoms.  These "ALS Reversals" present a unique and exciting opportunity for new research on what may cause these reversals and whether a new form of treatment may be on the horizon. Research like this is tedious, expensive, sometimes frustrating  and always time consuming.  Your contributions are a major source of the funding that makes this research and testing possible. I am both privileged and honored to ride for Team Bannon-Crush ALS   In its twelve-year history, this team alone has raised in excess of $1.25 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.  . As we begin to return to some form of normalcy after enduring myriad COVID-19 restrictions,  the Tri-State Trek, for obvious reasons, cannot immediately return to its former model.  Instead, it has been transformed into a one-day century (100 mile) ride on June 26, 2021.  We will start and finish at the ALS-TDI lab in Cambridge, MA.  Riders are invited to complete the traditional 270 miles (riding the balance of their miles 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 addition to the 100 mile ride on June 26, I pledge to ride 170 miles over two consecutive days in mid-June to replicate the Trek experience.  This will be my seventh 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.  I will try to make the local rides as interesting as the beautiful New England rides we are accustomed to. 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 this year's ride will be.  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
  • In-Person Cyclist
  • 7th 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 last month ALS-TDI announced the formation of a partnership with Dr. Richard Bedlack of the Duke University ALS clinic who has concentrated on those very rare situations in which an individual has experienced a reversal in the progression of the ALS symptoms.  These "ALS Reversals" present a unique and exciting opportunity for new research on what may cause these reversals and whether a new form of treatment may be on the horizon. Research like this is tedious, expensive, sometimes frustrating  and always time consuming.  Your contributions are a major source of the funding that makes this research and testing possible. I am both privileged and honored to ride for Team Bannon-Crush ALS   In its twelve-year history, this team alone has raised in excess of $1.25 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.  . As we begin to return to some form of normalcy after enduring myriad COVID-19 restrictions,  the Tri-State Trek, for obvious reasons, cannot immediately return to its former model.  Instead, it has been transformed into a one-day century (100 mile) ride on June 26, 2021.  We will start and finish at the ALS-TDI lab in Cambridge, MA.  Riders are invited to complete the traditional 270 miles (riding the balance of their miles 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 addition to the 100 mile ride on June 26, I pledge to ride 170 miles over two consecutive days in mid-June to replicate the Trek experience.  This will be my seventh 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.  I will try to make the local rides as interesting as the beautiful New England rides we are accustomed to. 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 this year's ride will be.  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    

Linda Sterling

Linda Sterling
  • In-Person Cyclist
  • 3rd Trek

Linda Sterling

Linda Sterling
  • In-Person Cyclist
  • 3rd Trek

Meaghan Golden

Your sponsorship will directly benefit the research happening at the ALS Therapy Development Institute to end ALS.
Meaghan Golden
  • In-Person Cyclist
  • 1st Trek

Meaghan Golden

Your sponsorship will directly benefit the research happening at the ALS Therapy Development Institute to end ALS.

In the summer of 2020 my smart, creative, wonderful, loving mom was diagnosed with ALS.   Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. There is no cure. There is no treatment where the benefits outweigh the side effects. ALS is a terminal disease. The prognosis is 2-5 years of life after diagnosis. Every person with ALS is different, there is no way to know exactly what the immediate future holds or how long is left. My heart is broken. Our family is by her side, with her every step of the way as this devastating disease progresses.  My mom, Diane, is kind, loving and soft, but she is also tough. She survived lymphoma and has been in remission for over 15 years. However, there is no “fight” with ALS, nothing to “beat”, no “survivor” title to gain. There is only acceptance and peace for the present moment, grace during the tougher days, smiles during the easier ones. My mom still laughs easily, Teddy is a wonderful ray of light for all of us, and we are thankful for every day we have together. Our days since the diagnosis are spent with mom as she has always been there for us unconditionally, lovingly and completely. Covid has allowed Teddy, my son, to school virtually, which has been such a blessing in so many ways, we spend part of each week at my parents home at Hilltop. Together we read with Teddy, have long talks, watch movies every night with my dad and brother. We look at my wedding album from last October, photos of my parents wedding albums. We talk about my mom’s parents who we all loved so much, and miss everyday. We take lots of videos. We talk about life, we talk about death, we talk about how fortunate our family is in so many ways. My mom and I have the most amazing relationship. We always have. We never had a time when we weren’t best of friends. She is my source of confidence and strength, she is one who can always console me, she has incredible insight, compassion and empathy. For 49 years we have shared the glories of the wins and all the tears through tough decisions. Everything is better after I talk with my mom. We take a girl’s trip every year. We shop for treasures, share decadent breakfasts and drink too many lattes. We have traveled to incredible places, but it is the conversations and connection that warm my heart-it wouldn’t have mattered where we were. We are heading on a trip to Mass Moca in MA this month. I will be silently praying it isn’t our last. I have always been someone to take action. If there is something to be attended to or fixed, I am on it. This diagnosis has been hard to accept that there isn’t anything we can actively do to prevent the final outcome. We have been given the gift of time; during this time I wanted to do something for her. I was invited to ride in this year’s Tri-State Trek, a 100 mile bike ride dedicated to ending ALS. I am both privileged and honored to ride for Team Bannon-Crush ALS. In its eleven-year history, this team alone has raised in excess of $1 million in contributions to the Tri State Trek. I am excited to be 1 of 20 riding in this team. My personal goal is to raise $10,000, or more. I will do it. My mom didn’t really have any options when the diagnosis was given. I am riding to raise money so someday an ALS diagnosis will not equal a death sentence. Please donate to help me help the next daughter have a good solution to offer her mom, to give hope, to empower. As I reread this letter, I am still shocked at the words I am writing. It is surreal and so sad. Please help me raise money to fund research to prevent and treat this horrible disease.

Meaghan Golden
  • In-Person Cyclist
  • 1st Trek

In the summer of 2020 my smart, creative, wonderful, loving mom was diagnosed with ALS.   Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. There is no cure. There is no treatment where the benefits outweigh the side effects. ALS is a terminal disease. The prognosis is 2-5 years of life after diagnosis. Every person with ALS is different, there is no way to know exactly what the immediate future holds or how long is left. My heart is broken. Our family is by her side, with her every step of the way as this devastating disease progresses.  My mom, Diane, is kind, loving and soft, but she is also tough. She survived lymphoma and has been in remission for over 15 years. However, there is no “fight” with ALS, nothing to “beat”, no “survivor” title to gain. There is only acceptance and peace for the present moment, grace during the tougher days, smiles during the easier ones. My mom still laughs easily, Teddy is a wonderful ray of light for all of us, and we are thankful for every day we have together. Our days since the diagnosis are spent with mom as she has always been there for us unconditionally, lovingly and completely. Covid has allowed Teddy, my son, to school virtually, which has been such a blessing in so many ways, we spend part of each week at my parents home at Hilltop. Together we read with Teddy, have long talks, watch movies every night with my dad and brother. We look at my wedding album from last October, photos of my parents wedding albums. We talk about my mom’s parents who we all loved so much, and miss everyday. We take lots of videos. We talk about life, we talk about death, we talk about how fortunate our family is in so many ways. My mom and I have the most amazing relationship. We always have. We never had a time when we weren’t best of friends. She is my source of confidence and strength, she is one who can always console me, she has incredible insight, compassion and empathy. For 49 years we have shared the glories of the wins and all the tears through tough decisions. Everything is better after I talk with my mom. We take a girl’s trip every year. We shop for treasures, share decadent breakfasts and drink too many lattes. We have traveled to incredible places, but it is the conversations and connection that warm my heart-it wouldn’t have mattered where we were. We are heading on a trip to Mass Moca in MA this month. I will be silently praying it isn’t our last. I have always been someone to take action. If there is something to be attended to or fixed, I am on it. This diagnosis has been hard to accept that there isn’t anything we can actively do to prevent the final outcome. We have been given the gift of time; during this time I wanted to do something for her. I was invited to ride in this year’s Tri-State Trek, a 100 mile bike ride dedicated to ending ALS. I am both privileged and honored to ride for Team Bannon-Crush ALS. In its eleven-year history, this team alone has raised in excess of $1 million in contributions to the Tri State Trek. I am excited to be 1 of 20 riding in this team. My personal goal is to raise $10,000, or more. I will do it. My mom didn’t really have any options when the diagnosis was given. I am riding to raise money so someday an ALS diagnosis will not equal a death sentence. Please donate to help me help the next daughter have a good solution to offer her mom, to give hope, to empower. As I reread this letter, I am still shocked at the words I am writing. It is surreal and so sad. Please help me raise money to fund research to prevent and treat this horrible disease.

Barbara Janulis

Barbara Janulis
  • In-Person Cyclist
  • 3rd Trek

Barbara Janulis

Barbara Janulis
  • In-Person Cyclist
  • 3rd Trek

David Snyder

Partnering with Sonder Brewing to Fight ALS!
David Snyder
  • In-Person Cyclist
  • 3rd Trek

David Snyder

Partnering with Sonder Brewing to Fight ALS!

This is my 3rd Trek...although the official ride this year is only 100 miles, I will be riding with others from Team Bannon in NJ to make up the other 170 miles to complete the “required” 270 miles during the weekend of 26-27 June.  This year, I’m teaming up with the awesome folks at Sonder Brewing to support the fight to end ALS with their “Giving on a Prayer” campaign for July.  Please support this great effort.  If you got a stimulus check...or two...or three, or were lucky enough to remain employed and "relatively" unscathed over the last year, please consider donating to TDI like I did.  Then, if you are in the Mason, OH area, grab a pint and a bite at Sonder Brewing and support independent craft beer as they support the fight against ALS!

David Snyder
  • In-Person Cyclist
  • 3rd Trek

This is my 3rd Trek...although the official ride this year is only 100 miles, I will be riding with others from Team Bannon in NJ to make up the other 170 miles to complete the “required” 270 miles during the weekend of 26-27 June.  This year, I’m teaming up with the awesome folks at Sonder Brewing to support the fight to end ALS with their “Giving on a Prayer” campaign for July.  Please support this great effort.  If you got a stimulus check...or two...or three, or were lucky enough to remain employed and "relatively" unscathed over the last year, please consider donating to TDI like I did.  Then, if you are in the Mason, OH area, grab a pint and a bite at Sonder Brewing and support independent craft beer as they support the fight against ALS!

Timothy Rooney

Riding to end ALS
Timothy Rooney
  • In-Person Cyclist
  • 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
  • In-Person Cyclist
  • 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

Steve Latimer

Steve Latimer
  • Virtual Cyclist
  • 7th Trek

Steve Latimer

Steve Latimer
  • Virtual Cyclist
  • 7th Trek

Patsy Perl

Patsy Perl
  • In-Person Cyclist
  • 1st Trek

Patsy Perl

Patsy Perl
  • In-Person Cyclist
  • 1st Trek

Andrew Martin

Putting my mid-life crisis to good use
Andrew Martin
  • In-Person Cyclist
  • 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
  • In-Person Cyclist
  • 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.  

Maura McNulty

Maura McNulty
  • 1 Day Crew
  • 1st Trek

Maura McNulty

Maura McNulty
  • 1 Day Crew
  • 1st Trek

Lane Ramsey

Riding for a cure
Lane Ramsey
  • In-Person Cyclist
  • 2nd Trek

Lane Ramsey

Riding for a cure

I am a 17-year-old high school student in Brooklyn, NY. This will be my second 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 however, this year we'll be riding 100 miles as a team.  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. 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
  • In-Person Cyclist
  • 2nd Trek

I am a 17-year-old high school student in Brooklyn, NY. This will be my second 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 however, this year we'll be riding 100 miles as a team.  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. 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.

John McCarthy

Riding to Crush ALS
John McCarthy
  • In-Person Cyclist
  • 6th Trek

John McCarthy

Riding to Crush ALS

Attempting to ride 1000 by July 4, including with Team Crush ALS  "A Century"  in Massachusetts on June 26, 2021!  Thank you for your continued (Year 6) support! Many, many thanks! John McCarthy

John McCarthy
  • In-Person Cyclist
  • 6th Trek

Attempting to ride 1000 by July 4, including with Team Crush ALS  "A Century"  in Massachusetts on June 26, 2021!  Thank you for your continued (Year 6) support! Many, many thanks! John McCarthy

John Wilson

Riding for those who no longer can.
John Wilson
  • In-Person Cyclist
  • 8th 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. This year, like so many things, the trek is a little different.   The Trek organizers are asking everyone to ride their 270 miles individually around their hometowns or on stationary bikes--instead of riding together as we normally do from Boston to Greenwich, Conn. To accommodate the difficult circumstances, riders are asked to reach the 270-mile goal any time this spring/summer or by June 21.  Our team Crush ALS/Team Bannon has 16 committed riders who are training and fundraising this year. My wife Sandra and I will complete the full 270 miles on Connecticut roads and, in Sandra's case, one in-person ride with our team in Manhattan on June 19th.    It certainly won’t be the same this year.   But the Trek is about the critically important job of raising money to support ALS research, and about supporting the ALS community.  All charities have been impacted by the events of the last few months, but the critical work of research continues.  With (almost all) their fundraising events canceled this year, TDI has lost something like 40% of their annual budget and had to furlough staff and reduce salaries, including those of research scientists. Last year, the Trek raised about $1 million, or 10% of the lab’s annual budget.  Our little team, Crush ALS, raised about $230,000 of that amount.  We have told the organizers that we want to get as close as we can to this total again – to make sure that the work continues.   They need our help now more than ever. 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.    

John Wilson
  • In-Person Cyclist
  • 8th 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. This year, like so many things, the trek is a little different.   The Trek organizers are asking everyone to ride their 270 miles individually around their hometowns or on stationary bikes--instead of riding together as we normally do from Boston to Greenwich, Conn. To accommodate the difficult circumstances, riders are asked to reach the 270-mile goal any time this spring/summer or by June 21.  Our team Crush ALS/Team Bannon has 16 committed riders who are training and fundraising this year. My wife Sandra and I will complete the full 270 miles on Connecticut roads and, in Sandra's case, one in-person ride with our team in Manhattan on June 19th.    It certainly won’t be the same this year.   But the Trek is about the critically important job of raising money to support ALS research, and about supporting the ALS community.  All charities have been impacted by the events of the last few months, but the critical work of research continues.  With (almost all) their fundraising events canceled this year, TDI has lost something like 40% of their annual budget and had to furlough staff and reduce salaries, including those of research scientists. Last year, the Trek raised about $1 million, or 10% of the lab’s annual budget.  Our little team, Crush ALS, raised about $230,000 of that amount.  We have told the organizers that we want to get as close as we can to this total again – to make sure that the work continues.   They need our help now more than ever. 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.    

Hugh Macdonnell

Riding for those who no longer can.
Hugh Macdonnell
  • In-Person Cyclist
  • 10th Trek

Hugh Macdonnell

Riding for those who no longer can.

Dear Friends and Family, This is the 9th summer in a row that I have been riding 270 miles to raise money and awareness for ALS, the disease that killed Betty Anne, my mother-in-law.  But, like everything else in our new (pandemic) world, this year’s ride will be very different from previous years.  First, the Tri-State Trek will be a virtual event this year. To keep everyone safe from the coronavirus, Trek organizers have reconceived the ride as the My State Trek.  The organizers are asking everyone to ride their 270 miles individually around their hometowns or on stationary bikes--instead of riding together as we normally do from Boston to Greenwich, Conn. To accommodate the difficult circumstances, riders are asked to reach the 270-mile goal any time this spring/summer or by June 21.  Our team Crush ALS/Team Bannon has 16 committed riders who are training and fundraising this year. I personally have been training since April and riding every weekend (Peloton and road). I will complete the full 270 miles before June 21.  Thus, I will do a long ride on each of the three days of the “regular” Trek next weekend.  I will send a note to this group during these three days of riding.  It certainly won’t be the same this year.   But the Trek is about the critically important job of raising money to support ALS research, and about supporting the ALS community.  All charities have been impacted by the events of the last few months, but the critical work of research continues.  With (almost all) their fundraising events canceled this year, TDI has lost something like 40% of their annual budget and had to furlough staff and reduce salaries, including those of research scientists. Last year, the Trek raised about $1 million, or 10% of the lab’s annual budget.  Our little team, Crush ALS, raised about $230,000 of that amount.  We have told the organizers that we want to get as close as we can to this total again – to make sure that the work continues.   They need our help now more than ever. If you have donated in the past, thank you.  Truly.  If you can support me this year, thank you.  Truly.  To donate, please click “Donate now" or send a check made out to My State Trek and mail it to me at 84 Ridgewood Ave., Glen Ridge, NJ 07028.  Margot and I have made our own contribution to start it off.  On a personal note, Margot has decided to ride the Trek this year in addition to supporting me as she has always done.  For her, it is all Peloton, but I am (cautiously) optimistic that she will join us on the roads next year.  Yeah! Thank you for supporting my efforts to find a cure for ALS for so many years. I  remain committed to this important cause and optimistic that we will be back riding together again next year.  Never Give Up, Hugh        

Hugh Macdonnell
  • In-Person Cyclist
  • 10th Trek

Dear Friends and Family, This is the 9th summer in a row that I have been riding 270 miles to raise money and awareness for ALS, the disease that killed Betty Anne, my mother-in-law.  But, like everything else in our new (pandemic) world, this year’s ride will be very different from previous years.  First, the Tri-State Trek will be a virtual event this year. To keep everyone safe from the coronavirus, Trek organizers have reconceived the ride as the My State Trek.  The organizers are asking everyone to ride their 270 miles individually around their hometowns or on stationary bikes--instead of riding together as we normally do from Boston to Greenwich, Conn. To accommodate the difficult circumstances, riders are asked to reach the 270-mile goal any time this spring/summer or by June 21.  Our team Crush ALS/Team Bannon has 16 committed riders who are training and fundraising this year. I personally have been training since April and riding every weekend (Peloton and road). I will complete the full 270 miles before June 21.  Thus, I will do a long ride on each of the three days of the “regular” Trek next weekend.  I will send a note to this group during these three days of riding.  It certainly won’t be the same this year.   But the Trek is about the critically important job of raising money to support ALS research, and about supporting the ALS community.  All charities have been impacted by the events of the last few months, but the critical work of research continues.  With (almost all) their fundraising events canceled this year, TDI has lost something like 40% of their annual budget and had to furlough staff and reduce salaries, including those of research scientists. Last year, the Trek raised about $1 million, or 10% of the lab’s annual budget.  Our little team, Crush ALS, raised about $230,000 of that amount.  We have told the organizers that we want to get as close as we can to this total again – to make sure that the work continues.   They need our help now more than ever. If you have donated in the past, thank you.  Truly.  If you can support me this year, thank you.  Truly.  To donate, please click “Donate now" or send a check made out to My State Trek and mail it to me at 84 Ridgewood Ave., Glen Ridge, NJ 07028.  Margot and I have made our own contribution to start it off.  On a personal note, Margot has decided to ride the Trek this year in addition to supporting me as she has always done.  For her, it is all Peloton, but I am (cautiously) optimistic that she will join us on the roads next year.  Yeah! Thank you for supporting my efforts to find a cure for ALS for so many years. I  remain committed to this important cause and optimistic that we will be back riding together again next year.  Never Give Up, Hugh        

Elizabeth Trybus

I am hitting the streets of Boston this year riding to raise money for ALS and riding for those who no longer can!
Elizabeth Trybus
  • In-Person Cyclist
  • 2nd Trek

Elizabeth Trybus

I am hitting the streets of Boston this year riding to raise money for ALS and riding for those who no longer can!

This June 26th I am joining Crush ALS/Team Bannon for the Tri-State Trek, the ride is a little shorter this year at 100-miles in one day due to Covid and social distancing but we will be riding our bicycles for the same cause, to END the cruel disease called ALS and also known as "Lou Gehrigs Disease"!!  This is my 2nd year riding the Tri State Trek.   I am riding with my husband and best friend, Breen Bannon who lost his brother Chuck Bannon after 3 years of fighting the disease, Chuck passed in 2009 at the age of 44 and our ride is a great way of honoring him and raise money to FIGHT ALS. Our team, Crush ALS/Team Bannon’s dedication to ending this debilitating disease is awe inspiring….this is the 13th year the team started by Breen and his sister Lisa will ride.  I will pedal as often and as far as I can every year to help raise money and awareness for ALS!   I am asking you to please help and be a part of something bigger then yourself, the ALS TDI laboratory needs your help now more than ever!  Please consider a donation to my ride.   Riding is the hard part; donating is easy. Please help me crush my fundraising goal of $2,000 and donate to support my ride.  The link is: https://tst.als.net/elizabethtrybus donation page……………………..   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, Never Give up!   Elizabeth (Liz) Bannon-Trybus

Elizabeth Trybus
  • In-Person Cyclist
  • 2nd Trek

This June 26th I am joining Crush ALS/Team Bannon for the Tri-State Trek, the ride is a little shorter this year at 100-miles in one day due to Covid and social distancing but we will be riding our bicycles for the same cause, to END the cruel disease called ALS and also known as "Lou Gehrigs Disease"!!  This is my 2nd year riding the Tri State Trek.   I am riding with my husband and best friend, Breen Bannon who lost his brother Chuck Bannon after 3 years of fighting the disease, Chuck passed in 2009 at the age of 44 and our ride is a great way of honoring him and raise money to FIGHT ALS. Our team, Crush ALS/Team Bannon’s dedication to ending this debilitating disease is awe inspiring….this is the 13th year the team started by Breen and his sister Lisa will ride.  I will pedal as often and as far as I can every year to help raise money and awareness for ALS!   I am asking you to please help and be a part of something bigger then yourself, the ALS TDI laboratory needs your help now more than ever!  Please consider a donation to my ride.   Riding is the hard part; donating is easy. Please help me crush my fundraising goal of $2,000 and donate to support my ride.  The link is: https://tst.als.net/elizabethtrybus donation page……………………..   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, Never Give up!   Elizabeth (Liz) Bannon-Trybus

Breen Bannon

Riding for those who no longer can.
Breen Bannon
  • In-Person Cyclist
  • 13th Trek

Breen Bannon

Riding for those who no longer can.

Trek 2020, what a year, just not the same, very different.  This year I will be riding on my own, no family, no team, no support, no cow bells ringing, none of the great people I see once a year, and no John Street.  I will greatly miss what has become one of the greatest weekends of my year. This year I will ride my 12th Tri State Trek from my own driveway in Ohio.  I will ride to honor my brother Chuck who passed away from the devestating decease in 2009, I will ride for people who are fighting ALS today, and I will ride for the scientists who are working for a cure.  My ride will be 105 miles the first day, reaching the Ohio River and hopefully the state of West Virginia, then Day 2 heading north up tp Lake Erie, a nice flat ride of 120 miles, and finally on day 3 I will pedal to the State of Pennsylvania, making my ride a true Tri State Trek! Yes, this year is different, but our mission is the same, END ALS!  If you are able, please help out by donating to the cause.  The folks at ALS TDI need your help now more than ever. Thank you all for your support the past 12 years.  I truly believe we are making a difference in the battle to end this cruel disease! Until then, check us out on Facebook for updates on the ride. https://www.facebook.com/CrushALSTeamBannon?hc_location=timeline Never Give Up!  Breen

Breen Bannon
  • In-Person Cyclist
  • 13th Trek

Trek 2020, what a year, just not the same, very different.  This year I will be riding on my own, no family, no team, no support, no cow bells ringing, none of the great people I see once a year, and no John Street.  I will greatly miss what has become one of the greatest weekends of my year. This year I will ride my 12th Tri State Trek from my own driveway in Ohio.  I will ride to honor my brother Chuck who passed away from the devestating decease in 2009, I will ride for people who are fighting ALS today, and I will ride for the scientists who are working for a cure.  My ride will be 105 miles the first day, reaching the Ohio River and hopefully the state of West Virginia, then Day 2 heading north up tp Lake Erie, a nice flat ride of 120 miles, and finally on day 3 I will pedal to the State of Pennsylvania, making my ride a true Tri State Trek! Yes, this year is different, but our mission is the same, END ALS!  If you are able, please help out by donating to the cause.  The folks at ALS TDI need your help now more than ever. Thank you all for your support the past 12 years.  I truly believe we are making a difference in the battle to end this cruel disease! Until then, check us out on Facebook for updates on the ride. https://www.facebook.com/CrushALSTeamBannon?hc_location=timeline Never Give Up!  Breen

Marguerite Gardiner

Marguerite Gardiner
  • In-Person Cyclist
  • 5th Trek

Marguerite Gardiner

Marguerite Gardiner
  • In-Person Cyclist
  • 5th Trek