You can make a difference!
ALS is hard. Really hard. At times I really struggle with this disease. Jan does too as a caregiver.
The ALS Association Oregon & SW Washington Chapter lifts us up with resources; advice, equipment loans, support groups, and a community of people who care and make all of ALS easier to bear. To us, the value of their support is beyond measure.
With your help, we will be able to make a difference in the lives of people affected by this disease and their families. The ALSA provides a number of essential services, but the biggest help to us is the sense of community they provide. Their support groups allow us to connect with other people who know what we're going through because they are also living with ALS. We don't have to explain, we don't have to feel like we're burdening them, we are all there to listen to and support each other.
Please consider joining us as my Drafters ride their chosen routes and/or by donating to one of our team members. Our team members are listed on this page. Click on their names to read why this cause is so important to each of them.
We encourage you to share this page with your friends, family, neighbors and coworkers. We would love their help! This is an exciting opportunity for us to work together to support those affected by Lou Gehrig's Disease and to spread awareness of the urgency to find treatments and a cure.
How much can you help Drafters reach our Ride to Defeat ALS fundraising goal?
I was diagnosed with ALS in November 2014. We created the Drafters team for the 2015 Ride to Defeat ALS and I rode the 25 mile route. I have participated every year since to raise money for this worthy organization.
In 2016 I rode a trike with an electric assist motor loaned to me by Susannah Lints. Her husband, Rasjad Lints, enjoyed riding this bike before his death in early 2016 from ALS. It was an honor to ride his bike and to meet Susannah right after I crossed the finish line.
In 2017 and 2018 we were even stronger with the addition of some members of Rasjad Lint’s team, A Life Beyond Measure. Susannah Lints suggested that we join forces and we were excited to welcome her friends who helped Rasjad enjoy riding even while he fought ALS.
Since 2018 we have invited members of the Portland Bicycle Club to join us and make us an even stronger force in the fight against ALS.
This year we have riders in Oregon, Washington, Ohio, and Mississippi!
Thanks for joining us in this battle, Donnie