This will be the 12th 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.
This year, the Trek will be much different from normal years. To keep everyone safe from the coronavirus, organizers have reconceived the ride as the My State Trek. They 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, which Breen and I formed in 2009, is back again this year with 17 committed riders. I personally have been training since April and riding every weekend. I aim to finish the full 270 miles before June 21 and do several extended rides around New Jersey and New York that weekend with a group of teammates.
It certainly won’t be the same this year but we need to be there for ALS-TDI, the Boston-based research lab that sponsors the Trek. With their fundraising events canceled, they’ve lost 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. They need our help now more than ever.
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 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!