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,