Team Captain

Andrew Croan

TOGETHER WE CAN END ALS! Inspired by Bobby - Powered By Butt Cannons!
Andrew Croan
  • Rider
  • 6th Trek

Andrew Croan

TOGETHER WE CAN END ALS! Inspired by Bobby - Powered By Butt Cannons!

UNTIL THERE'S A CURE I will be riding my bicycle 270 miles, in the Tri-State Trek! Your generous donations here are TAX DEDUCTABLE with $.80 of every dollar going directly to the AMAZING ALS TDI research team! Their research team will stop at NOTHING to find a CURE that ENDS ALS! Any amount you can give is EXTREMELY appreciated! **Before you decide NOT to donate** I encourage YOU to consider that this terrible disease could (sadly) affect anyone you know or LOVE. In which case YOU would be doing exactly like I am and asking for donations to a reputable cause... I KNOW that my BEST FRIEND, Bob, would LOVE the ability to go for a bike ride, go sailing, fishing, hiking, or to ride his snowboard someday! SO if you're a believer, who is passionate about anything at all, and have anything that YOU can imagine your life WITHOUT than you should reconsider making a very thoughtful donation to support those who are affected by ALS! THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING!! PLEASE SHARE!!  

Andrew Croan
  • Rider
  • 6th Trek

UNTIL THERE'S A CURE I will be riding my bicycle 270 miles, in the Tri-State Trek! Your generous donations here are TAX DEDUCTABLE with $.80 of every dollar going directly to the AMAZING ALS TDI research team! Their research team will stop at NOTHING to find a CURE that ENDS ALS! Any amount you can give is EXTREMELY appreciated! **Before you decide NOT to donate** I encourage YOU to consider that this terrible disease could (sadly) affect anyone you know or LOVE. In which case YOU would be doing exactly like I am and asking for donations to a reputable cause... I KNOW that my BEST FRIEND, Bob, would LOVE the ability to go for a bike ride, go sailing, fishing, hiking, or to ride his snowboard someday! SO if you're a believer, who is passionate about anything at all, and have anything that YOU can imagine your life WITHOUT than you should reconsider making a very thoughtful donation to support those who are affected by ALS! THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING!! PLEASE SHARE!!  

Team Members

Lisa Schwartz

This year I am riding the 270 miles from my state and I have until June 21st to complete my miles!
Lisa Schwartz
  • Virtual 3-Day Rider
  • 4th Trek

Lisa Schwartz

This year I am riding the 270 miles from my state and I have until June 21st to complete my miles!

   My connection to ALS started six years ago when my daughter, Brittany, was asked to be a Ride Marshal for the Tri State Trek, which is a three-day 270 mile bike ride from Newton MA to Greenwich CT.  At that time, we knew little about ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease).  My daughter’s role was to be the sweep and stay with the slowest group of riders, help them if needed, and encourage them during the ride.  Brittany spent most of her time as sweep riding with an enthusiastic team called What About Bobby? who rallied around Bobby Forster, an amazing young man living with ALS. Bobby’s team and the whole Trek community welcomed my daughter as family.  Two years later, Brittany encouraged me to join the community as a route support volunteer.  I would drive the route that the cyclists travel and stop anytime they needed help, whether it was for water, a snack, pumping air in their tires, a lift to the next rest stop, jumping out of the van to direct traffic near upcoming hidden turns, and, my favorite part, ringing the cowbells to give them inspiration to continue riding. Once my van passed the lead rider, I would circle back to the end of the pack of riders and start all over again.  I was paired with another volunteer (a researcher working to end ALS) who cheered out the window (and sunroof!) the entire time – it was amazing to spend the weekend with both families impacted by ALS and the scientists dedicated to finding a cure. The following year my husband, Jeff, joined me on the route support crew.  We have crewed together the past two years.     Well this year with Covid19, the Tri State Trek organizers realized they could not host the event this June, in order to protect the health and well-being of everyone involved.  So they decided to transform the 270 mile ride into a virtual event that anyone can participate in from any state while practicing social distancing! It's now called My State Trek!      Since my route support role won't be needed this year, they are asking crew members to take on the challenge of riding to raise funds.  We will have from now until June 21st to complete our 270 miles.  Well, they didn't have to ask me twice -- I immediately said, “Yes, I'm in for the full 270 miles!”  I am not a rider like my daughter, so I know this will be hard, but I am determined to meet my goal.  Over the past three years I have met so many incredible families who are caring for loved ones with ALS or have lost someone to this heart-wrenching disease but still return to fight for a cure for others.        ALS is a progressive, neurodegenerative disease that causes muscle weakness, difficulty breathing and swallowing, and paralysis while leaving the senses intact.  ALS TDI (Therapy Development Institute) is the world's first and largest nonprofit biotech focused 100 percent of ALS research.  They understand the urgent need to slow and stop this horrible disease.          I realize these are tough times for everyone, but I'm asking for help in reaching my goal of donations if you can.  No amount is too small--I cannot express how passionate I am about helping to fund the research to one day have a cure of this terrible disease.  Let’s end ALS together!!!       Thank you all for your support and help! UPDATE !!   1000 miles completed!!         After getting out on my bike each and every day since April6, I have ridden over a thousand miles.  Thats over three times the distance of the 270-mile Tri State Trek!     On Saturday, June 20th, ALS TDI is hosting a special Town Hall where people living with ALS and thier loved ones will have a chance to share their stories over Zoom.  This is the weekend when we would have had the Trek in person.  Normally on Saturday nights we would all be together at the UConn campus gathered around a stage as we listened, reflected, and cried.        I'm $383 away from my fundraising goal.  Can we hit my goal before the 6 pm event on Saturday, June 20th?       Thank you so much to e eryone who has already contributed.  Lets END ALS together!! 2nd UPDATE!!:  I hit my goal!!  THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR THE SUPPORT!  Your donations will help ALS TDI as they research therapies to support those living with ALS and work to finda cure!  I'm thrilled to hit my goal but my page will remain open if anyone else would like to contribute to ALS TDI's research.   "ALS is not an incurable disease, it's an underfunded one!"  THANK YOU ALL !!                            

Lisa Schwartz
  • Virtual 3-Day Rider
  • 4th Trek

   My connection to ALS started six years ago when my daughter, Brittany, was asked to be a Ride Marshal for the Tri State Trek, which is a three-day 270 mile bike ride from Newton MA to Greenwich CT.  At that time, we knew little about ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease).  My daughter’s role was to be the sweep and stay with the slowest group of riders, help them if needed, and encourage them during the ride.  Brittany spent most of her time as sweep riding with an enthusiastic team called What About Bobby? who rallied around Bobby Forster, an amazing young man living with ALS. Bobby’s team and the whole Trek community welcomed my daughter as family.  Two years later, Brittany encouraged me to join the community as a route support volunteer.  I would drive the route that the cyclists travel and stop anytime they needed help, whether it was for water, a snack, pumping air in their tires, a lift to the next rest stop, jumping out of the van to direct traffic near upcoming hidden turns, and, my favorite part, ringing the cowbells to give them inspiration to continue riding. Once my van passed the lead rider, I would circle back to the end of the pack of riders and start all over again.  I was paired with another volunteer (a researcher working to end ALS) who cheered out the window (and sunroof!) the entire time – it was amazing to spend the weekend with both families impacted by ALS and the scientists dedicated to finding a cure. The following year my husband, Jeff, joined me on the route support crew.  We have crewed together the past two years.     Well this year with Covid19, the Tri State Trek organizers realized they could not host the event this June, in order to protect the health and well-being of everyone involved.  So they decided to transform the 270 mile ride into a virtual event that anyone can participate in from any state while practicing social distancing! It's now called My State Trek!      Since my route support role won't be needed this year, they are asking crew members to take on the challenge of riding to raise funds.  We will have from now until June 21st to complete our 270 miles.  Well, they didn't have to ask me twice -- I immediately said, “Yes, I'm in for the full 270 miles!”  I am not a rider like my daughter, so I know this will be hard, but I am determined to meet my goal.  Over the past three years I have met so many incredible families who are caring for loved ones with ALS or have lost someone to this heart-wrenching disease but still return to fight for a cure for others.        ALS is a progressive, neurodegenerative disease that causes muscle weakness, difficulty breathing and swallowing, and paralysis while leaving the senses intact.  ALS TDI (Therapy Development Institute) is the world's first and largest nonprofit biotech focused 100 percent of ALS research.  They understand the urgent need to slow and stop this horrible disease.          I realize these are tough times for everyone, but I'm asking for help in reaching my goal of donations if you can.  No amount is too small--I cannot express how passionate I am about helping to fund the research to one day have a cure of this terrible disease.  Let’s end ALS together!!!       Thank you all for your support and help! UPDATE !!   1000 miles completed!!         After getting out on my bike each and every day since April6, I have ridden over a thousand miles.  Thats over three times the distance of the 270-mile Tri State Trek!     On Saturday, June 20th, ALS TDI is hosting a special Town Hall where people living with ALS and thier loved ones will have a chance to share their stories over Zoom.  This is the weekend when we would have had the Trek in person.  Normally on Saturday nights we would all be together at the UConn campus gathered around a stage as we listened, reflected, and cried.        I'm $383 away from my fundraising goal.  Can we hit my goal before the 6 pm event on Saturday, June 20th?       Thank you so much to e eryone who has already contributed.  Lets END ALS together!! 2nd UPDATE!!:  I hit my goal!!  THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR THE SUPPORT!  Your donations will help ALS TDI as they research therapies to support those living with ALS and work to finda cure!  I'm thrilled to hit my goal but my page will remain open if anyone else would like to contribute to ALS TDI's research.   "ALS is not an incurable disease, it's an underfunded one!"  THANK YOU ALL !!                            

Jeffrey Schwartz

Jeffrey Schwartz
  • 3 Day Crew
  • 3rd Trek

Jeffrey Schwartz

Jeffrey Schwartz
  • 3 Day Crew
  • 3rd Trek

Paul Munroe

Paul Munroe
  • Rider
  • 2nd Trek

Paul Munroe

this summer I am riding 270 miles from Boston to Greenwich Connecticut to help find a cure for als this will be my second tri state trek help me reach my goal by donating any amount is appreciated thanks to all

Paul Munroe
  • Rider
  • 2nd Trek

this summer I am riding 270 miles from Boston to Greenwich Connecticut to help find a cure for als this will be my second tri state trek help me reach my goal by donating any amount is appreciated thanks to all

Aaron Roy

I ride for Bobby Forster
Aaron Roy
  • Rider
  • 6th Trek

Aaron Roy

I ride for Bobby Forster

This is my fifth tri-state trek. I hop on a bike every summer and ride 270 miles because I can. My close friend, Bobby Forster, was diagnosed with ALS at the age of 25 and is now only able to communicate via his eyes. If he could hop on a bike right now, I know for sure he'd be on this ride alongside our team. If you've landed on my page, I ask you to please donate to our cause (any amount helps) or if you are moved by our cause, join our team. The money and awareness we raise during this bike ride are instrumental towards the research needed to one day cure (or at least mitigate) the effects of this vicious disease.  Thank you, Aaron 

Aaron Roy
  • Rider
  • 6th Trek

This is my fifth tri-state trek. I hop on a bike every summer and ride 270 miles because I can. My close friend, Bobby Forster, was diagnosed with ALS at the age of 25 and is now only able to communicate via his eyes. If he could hop on a bike right now, I know for sure he'd be on this ride alongside our team. If you've landed on my page, I ask you to please donate to our cause (any amount helps) or if you are moved by our cause, join our team. The money and awareness we raise during this bike ride are instrumental towards the research needed to one day cure (or at least mitigate) the effects of this vicious disease.  Thank you, Aaron 

Thomas Abdou

Working towards a Cure!
Thomas Abdou
  • 3 Day Crew
  • 4th Trek

Thomas Abdou

Working towards a Cure!

The Tri-State Trek is a 3 Day, 270 mile charity bike ride from Newton, MA to Greenwich, CT. The goal is to provide funding that enables ALS TDI to research, find a treatment for, and provide better care for those living with ALS. This summer is our 4th Tri-State Trek. We are helping to raise funds and awareness to find a cure to this awful disease. ALS is not incurable, it is under funded. Please Help us Help those living with ALS! Thank you! Tom

Thomas Abdou
  • 3 Day Crew
  • 4th Trek

The Tri-State Trek is a 3 Day, 270 mile charity bike ride from Newton, MA to Greenwich, CT. The goal is to provide funding that enables ALS TDI to research, find a treatment for, and provide better care for those living with ALS. This summer is our 4th Tri-State Trek. We are helping to raise funds and awareness to find a cure to this awful disease. ALS is not incurable, it is under funded. Please Help us Help those living with ALS! Thank you! Tom

Georgina Roy

Georgina Roy
  • Rider
  • 6th Trek

Georgina Roy

                   

Georgina Roy
  • Rider
  • 6th Trek

                   

Brittany Schwartz

My-State Trek 2020: I'm riding for Bobby!
Brittany Schwartz
  • Virtual 3-Day Rider
  • 6th Trek

Brittany Schwartz

My-State Trek 2020: I'm riding for Bobby!

I've volunteered as a ride marshal for the Tri-State Trek the past five years, but this round I'm joining the My-State Trek as a virtual rider! Other Trekers and I will pedal around our own communities and on our indoor trainers to gradually hit our 270 mile goal. Donations benefit ALS TDI as they research therapies to support those living with ALS. I'll miss the hugs from my Trek family but I'm grateful we're still able to rally remotely to power the efforts of our favorite team of scientists. Let's END ALS together! Photo from the top of John Street, Day 3 of Trek 2019.

Brittany Schwartz
  • Virtual 3-Day Rider
  • 6th Trek

I've volunteered as a ride marshal for the Tri-State Trek the past five years, but this round I'm joining the My-State Trek as a virtual rider! Other Trekers and I will pedal around our own communities and on our indoor trainers to gradually hit our 270 mile goal. Donations benefit ALS TDI as they research therapies to support those living with ALS. I'll miss the hugs from my Trek family but I'm grateful we're still able to rally remotely to power the efforts of our favorite team of scientists. Let's END ALS together! Photo from the top of John Street, Day 3 of Trek 2019.

Nathan Pierce

Nathan Pierce
  • Virtual DIY Rider
  • 6th Trek

Nathan Pierce

For my myState Trek this year, I decided to give myself a new and unique bike challenge...EVERESTING. The idea is to ride the total elevation of Mt Everest (29035 ft) over the course of the first 3 weeks of June culminating in what would have been the epic Trek weekend (June 19-21st). Already, this has been no easy task and I am heading into my last week. I have been updating my progress on a (very nerdy) Google doc spreadsheet. As always, I appreciate your support in any form! Words of encouragement, asking about how Bob is doing, and, of course, financially. Your generosity would mean a lot to us and to Bob during this time. Love, Nate

Nathan Pierce
  • Virtual DIY Rider
  • 6th Trek

For my myState Trek this year, I decided to give myself a new and unique bike challenge...EVERESTING. The idea is to ride the total elevation of Mt Everest (29035 ft) over the course of the first 3 weeks of June culminating in what would have been the epic Trek weekend (June 19-21st). Already, this has been no easy task and I am heading into my last week. I have been updating my progress on a (very nerdy) Google doc spreadsheet. As always, I appreciate your support in any form! Words of encouragement, asking about how Bob is doing, and, of course, financially. Your generosity would mean a lot to us and to Bob during this time. Love, Nate