Riding for Jerry Samuels (our family "rock") and for all those who can't ride anymore.
As many of you know, my father, Jerry Samuels, passed away from ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) in December, 2012. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that leads to paralysis, due to the death of motor neurons in the spinal cord and brain. There is no known cause, cure, or effective treatment for the disease. Patients become trapped in their bodies, unable to move, speak, eat, or breathe on their own. Yet, they are fully conscious and aware of their surroundings. Most succumb to respiratory failure within three to five years of diagnosis. Approximately 5,000 US citizens are diagnosed with ALS each year, and another 5,000 die, leaving only about 30,000 patients in the United States today.
Each year, the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALSTDI), the world’s leading ALS research organization, hosts a 3 day 270 mile ALS charity bicycle ride. The ride starts in Newton, MA and ends in Greenwich, CT. As a tribute to my dad, who absolutely loved his bicycle, my borther sister and I are participating in the 3 day ride and raising money for the cause. This is our 7th year participating in the ride. We will push ourselves hard on this ride to exemplify the agony of this horrific disease. Hopefully, we will raise even more money than we did last year. All donations for this charity ride go to ALSTDI.
Please accept my sincerest thanks for any donation that you make. I know my Dad thanks you as well for helping to cure this horrific disease. Please forward this email to anyone that you believe would like to donate to the cause. ALSTDI can certainly use all the help we can give.