Thank you for coming!
I am honored to be participating in the 11th iteration of this event particularly since the first was held less than 8 weeks after my own diagnosis. It is beyond imagination that I am still here asking for your support. Yet through the blessing of God, here I am. I may not be riding 100 miles, but I am still riding and that’s a gift I do not take for granted. Approaching the eleventh occurrence of this event with the world again blossoming around us, I look forward to joining the many who have been with me on this journey over these years and the unfortunate newly diagnosed and their friends and family.
The effort to find improved treatments continues apace using monies from events like these from across the country, the ALS bucket challenge and the generosity of people like you. While we all hope to find a medical breakthrough the needs of families dealing with ALS are being met in the here and now though the efforts of ALS Association chapters across the country. I know what the ALS Association does and the difference they make in the lives of those dealing with this horrendous disease by offering life changing assistance for those with ALS and their loved ones facing the fight of their lives. This ride supports that mission.
I am blessed to be able to still be part of this event. Every year I am overwhelmed by breadth and depth of support from the people in my life and continue to be touched and humbled by your personal support of money and time assisting me in this effort to bring hope for those with ALS. With each individual diagnosed the lives of multiple people are forever altered. This is where the ALS Association proves invaluable. From direct support to those with ALS and caregiver support they bring together every available resource and make them known and available for those in the increasing isolation this disease causes.
Will you help me?
Do you know what these funds do? They enable the people I have met in my ALS journey to receive the best services available supported on a shoestring budget by the most dedicated team of individuals I have ever met. These services literally are a lifeline to those of us with ALS and our families and I am so glad that I am able to ask you today to make a difference in the lives of my fellow ALS “family” members who are no longer able to do events like this.
I have met many people on this journey I am on and certainly have seen the effects ALS has on them, their spouses and children. While there is nothing good about this, it warms my heart to see the resilience and dedication I see in so many of those of us with ALS and their family and friends. I can only pray that I would exhibit such strength.
Among the many things The ALS Association Oregon and SW Washington Chapter provides, like its brethren throughout the country, are patient services resources that meet the need right at the ground level. But to help end this scourge, it also funds global, cutting edge research supporting biological treatments. There is progress. And it happens because these funds and your outreach make a difference!
This is a fun and exciting opportunity for you and me to work together supporting those, like myself and my family, who are affected by Lou Gehrig's disease and to spread awareness of the urgency to find treatments and a cure.
I am asking for your help. Please make a donation or better yet, join my team, or sign up to be a volunteer for this event today. Ride for those who cannot. I know them. I AM PROUD to ride for my friends. Please Ride or CONTRIBUTE to Defeat ALS.