Pawcatuck resident Richard Walter plans to ride his bike 270-miles this July as part of a charity bike ride benefiting Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS).
“I have ridden the Tri-State Trek every year since the first and will ride every year until a cure is found,” Walter said.
Founded 10 years ago, the Tri-State Trek is a three-day, 270-mile charity bike ride that raises both money and awareness for ALS.
According to a press release from the ALS Therapy Development Institute, ALS is a neurodegenerative that disease that affects more than 30,000 Americans and more than 400,000 people worldwide. About 5,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with ALS each year.
This year the ALS Therapy Development Institute, which created the bike ride, hopes to raise more than $500,000 for ALS research. Over the past ten years the Tri-State Trek has raised more than $2.5 million.
“This bike ride is about bringing attention to ALS and the desperate need for effective treatments for patients today,” said Steve Perrin, CEO and Chief Scientific Officer at ALS TDI and Tri-State Trek participant.
The 10th annual Tri-State Trek will take place this July 20 to22. Cyclists will ride 270-miles from Boston, Massachusetts to Greenwich, Connecticut. For more information on the Tri-State Trek visit www.TriStateTrek.com or to support Walter’s 270-mile ride visit http://tst.als.net/29er.