Team FRATE TRAIN
Team Captain

Andrew Ruggiero

Because it's the least Pete would do
Andrew Ruggiero
  • Rider
  • 6th Trek

Andrew Ruggiero

Because it's the least Pete would do

Will you help?  Will you join Team Frate Train?  Will you Donate? Travis Roy once explained to me "as an athlete, we tend to seek out challenges.  We challenge ourself to get better and seek the opportunity.  Then, one day, the challenge chooses you.  That's the real test." For those facing the challeges inherant to the ALS Diagnosis, the challnege sought them.  With the Covid-19 Pandemic presenting challenges to every living being on the planet, how will we respond??  We have a choice... with that choice comes the opportunity to help others.  The 2020 Tri-State Trek is now virtual.  That's a challenge that the research scientists didn't seek out and has slowed the ability to acquire financial resources to fund the equipment and reseach we hope will solve the ALS challenge. Will you help?  Will you join Team Frate Train?  Will you Donate? _____________________________________________________________________________ This summer I am riding 270 miles to find an effective treatment for ALS. Please support my efforts. Writing this on the day we said goodbye to Pete. I knew sick Pete longer than I knew healthy Pete.  This will be a fluid document as I can't find the words today. While I figure out how to ask for your support and explain why I'm going to ride for a 6th time, here's Pete's Affirmation: Be Passionate Be Genuine Be Hardworking And don't ever be afraind to be GREAT! #PF3

Andrew Ruggiero
  • Rider
  • 6th Trek

Will you help?  Will you join Team Frate Train?  Will you Donate? Travis Roy once explained to me "as an athlete, we tend to seek out challenges.  We challenge ourself to get better and seek the opportunity.  Then, one day, the challenge chooses you.  That's the real test." For those facing the challeges inherant to the ALS Diagnosis, the challnege sought them.  With the Covid-19 Pandemic presenting challenges to every living being on the planet, how will we respond??  We have a choice... with that choice comes the opportunity to help others.  The 2020 Tri-State Trek is now virtual.  That's a challenge that the research scientists didn't seek out and has slowed the ability to acquire financial resources to fund the equipment and reseach we hope will solve the ALS challenge. Will you help?  Will you join Team Frate Train?  Will you Donate? _____________________________________________________________________________ This summer I am riding 270 miles to find an effective treatment for ALS. Please support my efforts. Writing this on the day we said goodbye to Pete. I knew sick Pete longer than I knew healthy Pete.  This will be a fluid document as I can't find the words today. While I figure out how to ask for your support and explain why I'm going to ride for a 6th time, here's Pete's Affirmation: Be Passionate Be Genuine Be Hardworking And don't ever be afraind to be GREAT! #PF3

Team Members

Ryan Thomson

Thank-you for visiting my fundraising page...
Ryan Thomson
  • Rider
  • 4th Trek

Ryan Thomson

Thank-you for visiting my fundraising page...

I still remember the day I first learned about ALS like it was yesterday.  It was summer-2014, the Ice Bucket Challenge had just started here in Boston and like many, I was learning about ALS – what is does to the body, that there was/is no cure and that life expectancy is a cruel 3 to 5 years – for the first time.  I remember feeling shocked, stunned, sad and mostly mad.  How was it possible – despite all the advancements in technology & modern medicine – that a disease this terrible could STILL exist!?!  How was it possible that there hadn’t been one significant medical advancement in the SEVENTY-FIVE YEARS since Lou Gehrig delivered his speech at Yankee Stadium in 1939?  It just didn’t add up or sit well with me and so the following spring, having no idea what I was getting myself into I joined up with Team Frate Train and participated in my very first Tri-State Trek… Six short years later and SO MUCH has changed.  The Ice Bucket Challenge went on to go viral and became the single-largest fundraising event in history - raising ~$115m, most of which poured into ALS research.  There is greater awareness and understanding around ALS.  There have been several breakthroughs in research labs around the country.  There are now two FDA-approved treatments for ALS, including Radicava, which hit the market in 2017 and helps slow the progression of ALS.  There are more clinical trials available to patients today than ever…cutting-edge treatments that are delivering real results and helping those with ALS live longer, higher-quality lives in the process.      Unfortunately, another thing has changed - Pete is no longer (physically) with us.  After a courageous 7yr battle, the disease he has worked tirelessly and courageously to find a cure for finally took his life in December at the age of 34.  But Pete’s spirit, courage and mission lives on in all of us.  With that in mind, this spring we will come together once again as a team and a community to continue our collective fight to #strikeoutALS.  PLEASE consider making a donation, however big or small to support my efforts to help find a cure for ALS.  In Pete’s words, “let’s work together and make this disease a thing of the past”!     Thank-you in advance for your support!  Ryan

Ryan Thomson
  • Rider
  • 4th Trek

I still remember the day I first learned about ALS like it was yesterday.  It was summer-2014, the Ice Bucket Challenge had just started here in Boston and like many, I was learning about ALS – what is does to the body, that there was/is no cure and that life expectancy is a cruel 3 to 5 years – for the first time.  I remember feeling shocked, stunned, sad and mostly mad.  How was it possible – despite all the advancements in technology & modern medicine – that a disease this terrible could STILL exist!?!  How was it possible that there hadn’t been one significant medical advancement in the SEVENTY-FIVE YEARS since Lou Gehrig delivered his speech at Yankee Stadium in 1939?  It just didn’t add up or sit well with me and so the following spring, having no idea what I was getting myself into I joined up with Team Frate Train and participated in my very first Tri-State Trek… Six short years later and SO MUCH has changed.  The Ice Bucket Challenge went on to go viral and became the single-largest fundraising event in history - raising ~$115m, most of which poured into ALS research.  There is greater awareness and understanding around ALS.  There have been several breakthroughs in research labs around the country.  There are now two FDA-approved treatments for ALS, including Radicava, which hit the market in 2017 and helps slow the progression of ALS.  There are more clinical trials available to patients today than ever…cutting-edge treatments that are delivering real results and helping those with ALS live longer, higher-quality lives in the process.      Unfortunately, another thing has changed - Pete is no longer (physically) with us.  After a courageous 7yr battle, the disease he has worked tirelessly and courageously to find a cure for finally took his life in December at the age of 34.  But Pete’s spirit, courage and mission lives on in all of us.  With that in mind, this spring we will come together once again as a team and a community to continue our collective fight to #strikeoutALS.  PLEASE consider making a donation, however big or small to support my efforts to help find a cure for ALS.  In Pete’s words, “let’s work together and make this disease a thing of the past”!     Thank-you in advance for your support!  Ryan

Donald McAuliffe MD

Participating in honor of my friend Pete!
Donald McAuliffe MD
  • 3 Day Crew
  • 5th Trek

Donald McAuliffe MD

Participating in honor of my friend Pete!

"Be passionate, be genuine, be hardworking, and don't be afraid to be great!" Pete Frates #3

Donald McAuliffe MD
  • 3 Day Crew
  • 5th Trek

"Be passionate, be genuine, be hardworking, and don't be afraid to be great!" Pete Frates #3

Page Harrington

Riding for those who no longer can
Page Harrington
  • Virtual 1-Day Rider
  • 2nd Trek

Page Harrington

Riding for those who no longer can

I have pledged to log 100 miles on a bike to raise money for ALS. COVID-19 is seriously impacting the progress of ALS research at the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI). Individual donations are down significantly, and the events that they rely on to fund their work are being canceled due to the need to socially distance. The impact is real, and the need is urgent. If you are in a position to give, your donation would go a long way.  Without immediate help, TDI will be forced to pause some of our most promising research programs. Amongst the programs at risk is the Precision Medicine Program, leading to an immense loss of valuable data, not only for ALS TDI but for the hundreds of people living with ALS today who participate in the program. The reality is that financial losses, at this critical time, could exponentially slow down potential treatments for thousands of people living with ALS today, and the generations of people with ALS still to come.    Please consider donating what you can - every dollar counts!   

Page Harrington
  • Virtual 1-Day Rider
  • 2nd Trek

I have pledged to log 100 miles on a bike to raise money for ALS. COVID-19 is seriously impacting the progress of ALS research at the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI). Individual donations are down significantly, and the events that they rely on to fund their work are being canceled due to the need to socially distance. The impact is real, and the need is urgent. If you are in a position to give, your donation would go a long way.  Without immediate help, TDI will be forced to pause some of our most promising research programs. Amongst the programs at risk is the Precision Medicine Program, leading to an immense loss of valuable data, not only for ALS TDI but for the hundreds of people living with ALS today who participate in the program. The reality is that financial losses, at this critical time, could exponentially slow down potential treatments for thousands of people living with ALS today, and the generations of people with ALS still to come.    Please consider donating what you can - every dollar counts!   

Brenna Leahy

Riding for my Mother in Law, Donna Sheehan
Brenna Leahy
  • Virtual 1-Day Rider
  • 1st Trek

Brenna Leahy

Riding for my Mother in Law, Donna Sheehan

This summer I am riding in honor of my mother in law, Donna Sheehan, pictured below with my two kiddos one month after her ALS diagnosis this Fall.  I will be riding 270 miles, on the Peloton. It is such a crucial time for the ALS community given the loss of fundraising events, promising research projects and clinical trial progression due to COVID-19, and also a loss of precious time ALS patients can have with their loved-ones because of isolation. I appreciate and am so grateful for any donation you're willing to contribute. 

Brenna Leahy
  • Virtual 1-Day Rider
  • 1st Trek

This summer I am riding in honor of my mother in law, Donna Sheehan, pictured below with my two kiddos one month after her ALS diagnosis this Fall.  I will be riding 270 miles, on the Peloton. It is such a crucial time for the ALS community given the loss of fundraising events, promising research projects and clinical trial progression due to COVID-19, and also a loss of precious time ALS patients can have with their loved-ones because of isolation. I appreciate and am so grateful for any donation you're willing to contribute. 

Emily Fiorito

Emily Fiorito
  • Virtual 1-Day Rider
  • 1st Trek

Emily Fiorito

I pledge to ride 100 miles on my bike to raise money for ALS research! 

Emily Fiorito
  • Virtual 1-Day Rider
  • 1st Trek

I pledge to ride 100 miles on my bike to raise money for ALS research! 

Patrick Harrington

Riding for Pete Frates, to help finish what he started
Patrick Harrington
  • Virtual 1-Day Rider
  • 3rd Trek

Patrick Harrington

Riding for Pete Frates, to help finish what he started

This is my third year riding in the Tri-State Trek. Clearly we have a new obstacle in our way this year but that won't stop us from raising money for ALSTDI. I have a deep rooted passion to find a cure for ALS. We lost our friend Pete Frates in December and are determined to be part of the reason there is a cure in the future. Pete was a leader, an inspiration and a friend. We're going to eat up miles with him on our backs and in our hearts and raise some money to continue to research for a cure!

Patrick Harrington
  • Virtual 1-Day Rider
  • 3rd Trek

This is my third year riding in the Tri-State Trek. Clearly we have a new obstacle in our way this year but that won't stop us from raising money for ALSTDI. I have a deep rooted passion to find a cure for ALS. We lost our friend Pete Frates in December and are determined to be part of the reason there is a cure in the future. Pete was a leader, an inspiration and a friend. We're going to eat up miles with him on our backs and in our hearts and raise some money to continue to research for a cure!

Michael Malvesti

Michael Malvesti
  • Virtual DIY Rider
  • 2nd Trek

Michael Malvesti

Michael Malvesti
  • Virtual DIY Rider
  • 2nd Trek

Joe Nardi

Joe Nardi
  • Virtual 1-Day Rider
  • 4th Trek

Joe Nardi

Joe Nardi
  • Virtual 1-Day Rider
  • 4th Trek

Melissa Turek

Riding for those who no longer can.
Melissa Turek
  • Virtual 1-Day Rider
  • 1st Trek

Melissa Turek

Riding for those who no longer can.

This summer I am riding 100 miles to find an effective treatment for ALS! Please support my efforts if you can. Every bit counts!

Melissa Turek
  • Virtual 1-Day Rider
  • 1st Trek

This summer I am riding 100 miles to find an effective treatment for ALS! Please support my efforts if you can. Every bit counts!

Matthew Ciampa

Matthew Ciampa
  • Virtual DIY Rider
  • 2nd Trek

Matthew Ciampa

Matthew Ciampa
  • Virtual DIY Rider
  • 2nd Trek