- In-Person Cyclist
- 12th Trek
Riding to DEFEAT ALS!
(These are unprecedented times, full of uncertainty, fear and anguish. I pray that everyone in your world is safe and secure. At this time, the actual Tri-State Trek has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It has become MY TRI STATE TREK; each participant completing the ride on their own. I am totally committed to my campaign to end ALS. I plan to ride 50 miles a day for six consecutive days, rain or shine, the same conditions as the Trek. I guarantee that I’ll do the milage, completing the task by June 21. ALS-TDI desperately needs these funds to continue their good work to end this horrific disease. Thank you in advance for your understanding!)
Dear Family and Friends,
This will be my TENTH consecutive Tri-State Trek! Instead of riding my bicycle with 400+ riders, 287 miles over three days from Boston to Greenwich, CT as in previous years, I’ll be riding a different route by myself. The purpose of the Trek is to raise funds to defeat ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Through your generosity last year alone, the Trek raised more than $720,000!
The funds raised through your donations go directly to ALS-TDI, a research facility in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The ALS Therapy Development Institute and their scientists actively do research to develop treatments for ALS patients. They are the world's first and largest nonprofit biotech focused 100 percent on ALS research. Led by ALS and drug development experts, they understand the urgent need to slow, stop and eventually end this disease. Every 90 minutes, someone is diagnosed with ALS, a Motor Neuron Disease (MND). It is a progressive, neurodegenerative disease that causes muscle weakness, difficulty breathing and swallowing, resulting in total paralysis while leaving the senses intact. ALS attacks certain cells in the brain and spinal cord needed to keep muscles moving. Most people survive two to five years after their diagnosis. There is an estimated 30,000 people in the US and 450,000 worldwide living with the disease. Currently, there is no effective treatment or cure.
As I’ve stated before my last nine campaigns, my involvement in this cause is personal as I will be riding in memory of and to specifically honor at least seventeen people I know, some of whom have passed as a result of ALS and others who are currently battling this horrific disease. Their names were added over the years to the back of the jersey I would normally wear as I cross the finish line in Greenwich. My friend and neighbor, Frank DeGeorge started me on this journey, completing my first Tri-State Trek, August, 2011. Frank succumbed to the ravages of ALS on May 11, 2011. Throughout his battle, Frank never lost his trademark sense of humor; he was always quick with a joke. Frank stayed strong to the end, displaying a level of courage that I could only hope to achieve.
I have committed to raising at least $2,000. I’ll do the hard part. I’ll push my 71 years young body over the six day, 300 mile journey. After the successful completion of my tenth Trek, and with your help, we will have donated more than $30,000 (!) and I will have ridden my bike 2,800 miles (plus a thousand miles in training each year) to help find a cure so that no individual and no family or friends will have to face the horror of ALS again.
Please, find it in your heart to donate ANY amount toward this cause; every dollar helps. Simply click on the link below then the DONATE button in the upper right hand corner of my Fund Raising Page and follow the directions. Thank you in advance for your generosity!
For Frank, and all those affected by ALS,