Dear Friends and Family -
Thank you for joining Colin's Crew and helping us reach our Ride to Defeat goals of raising funds and awareness to defeat ALS!
Colin was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, in March 2018 after experiencing weakness in his shoulders and arms. We are excited to be able to join Colin and his family this July, though in a much different way than previous years!
COVID-19 has put the damper on the usual festivities in Mt. Angel,OR but it's opened the doors for coming together virtually to ride and raise awareness and funds to Defeat ALS! You can ride laps in a bike park, crush some gravel, race, or pedal a unicycle--this year will be the very best "Choose Your Own Adventure" Ride to Defeat ALS.
With the ability to ride anywhere, no registration fee and no fundraising minimum, we're hoping to grow our team this year to maximize raising awareness and making every dollar raised count!
With your help, we will be able to make a difference in the lives of people affected by this disease and their families.
We encourage you to share this with your friends, family, neighbors and coworkers! We would love for them to join Colin's Crew as well!
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. The life expectancy of a person with ALS averages only 2 to 5 years from the time of diagnosis. In a very short period of time, the person and their family need a myriad of services and support 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 occurs throughout the world with no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries. This crippling disease can strike anyone.
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!