Dear Friends and Family - Thank you for joining my team—Colin's Crew—and helping to raise funds to defeat ALS, to help those impacted by ALS, and to help find a cure!
I was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, in March 2018. Since then the ALS Association has been a huge help to me and my family.
Typically the Ride to Defeat ALS put on by my chapter of the ALS Association has a road bike ride centered at Mt. Angel,OR but I’m opting again to have a remote "Choose Your Own Adventure" Ride to Defeat ALS because my bike community is global. This allows my teammates to ride mountain, gravel, or road—basically whatever and wherever they are. You get to choose, and your ride can be a race run, an epic mtb ride, etc.
And while the official ride is July 16, if you have obligations on that day, remote team members can ride where/when they want and post to social media.
I’m asking members of Colin’s crew to raise a minimum of $150. All donations to the cause are tax deductible. With your help, we will be able to make a difference in the lives of people affected by this disease and their families. Feel free to share this with your friends, family, neighbors and coworkers—they’re welcome to join the team as well The more the merrier!
Why We Need Your Help: Often referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease that slowly robs a person of their ability to walk, speak, swallow and eventually breathe. As I like to put it, half jokingly, “I’m melting!” Bottom line? The life expectancy of a person with ALS averages only 2 to 5 years from point of diagnosis. In that 2-5 year window, the person and their family need a myriad of services and support, many of which are not covered by insurance. For those needs, the ALS Association is their one-stop-shop.
Every 90 minutes a person in this country is diagnosed with ALS and every 90 minutes another person will lose their battle against this disease. ALS has no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries. This crippling disease can strike anyone, anywhere around the globe.
The ALS Association Oregon and SW Washington Chapter supports families living with ALS at each and every stage of the disease. Through local monthly support groups, medical equipment loan closets, caregiver support, partnerships with multi-disciplinary clinics, and so much more - services are provided at no cost to the person with ALS and their family. The local chapter receives no government or insurance funding, but is supported through events like the Ride to Defeat ALS.
Help create change in the ALS community. Support our efforts by donating to a team member or joining our team today!