Ten years on……!
Dear Friends and Family,
This is the 10th summer in a row that I have been riding the Tri-State Trek to raise money and awareness for ALS, the disease that killed Betty Anne, my mother-in-law. We know that we are getting closer to a cure, and events like this help raise money and create a supportive community for ALS patients until the cure is found.
Last year, we rode virtually, but a group of us in NY/NJ gathered in late June to ride the circumference of Manhattan. I was excited that my son James joined us.
This year, we are back to riding together - which is amazing. The format is a bit different: we will ride 100 miles from, and then back to, the ALS Lab in suburban Boston instead of our usual Boston to NYC route.
Our team Crush ALS/Team Bannon has 21 committed riders from multiple states who are training and fundraising this year. I personally have been training since March and riding just about every weekend.
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 18 months, but the critical work of research continues.
Last year, the (virtual) Trek raised over $518k, a great success in a complicated year. Our little team, Crush ALS, raised about $188K of that amount. This year, we hope the Trek raises over $1mm.
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.
Thank you for supporting the efforts to find a cure for ALS for so many years, both emotionally and financially. I remain committed to this important cause.
Never Give Up,