CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Hundreds of
bicyclists are expected to participate in the sixth annual Tri-State Trek,
a three-day fundraising ride starting in Newton, Massachusetts and
finishing in White Plains, New York, this July 18-20. The event and its
participants raise money and awareness for the fatal neuromuscular disorder
amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Lou Gehrig's disease. Looking to be
300 strong this summer, the Trek is distributing cowbells in the
communities it passes through so that spectators can help to cheer on the
group of riders, which includes the armature and experienced rider as well
as ALS patients.
"This bike ride is about raising money and bringing attention to the
work we're doing to find a cure for a horrific disease," says Sean Scott,
President of the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI), a nonprofit
biotechnology company in Cambridge, Mass. and the beneficiary of this
three-day fundraiser. "The people who participate in the Trek do it to
support the research we do here. They ride because they want to see changes
in medical science, and the spectators who cheer them on and ring those
cowbells let them know they're not alone on their bikes."
The world's largest ALS research facility, ALS TDI, employs a team of
30 of the best and brightest research scientists and technicians. They work
together at the institute's state-of-the-art laboratory in Cambridge.
Driven by a single, profoundly important goal -- to discover viable
treatments for ALS as quickly as they possibly can -- the group is focused
exclusively on curing ALS.
"We're so proud to ride for such a wonderful organization," says Mat
Mendel, the event's founder, organizer and long time cyclist. "I know
cowbells and bicycles won't cure this disease, but I believe the work being
done at TDI will. The more people that ride and the more noise we make, the
more attention we will bring to the brave patients who fight this disease.
I know something will be done. We need a cure, we need More Cowbell."
"More Cowbell", the Tri-State Trek's call to arms, is an American pop
culture catch phrase originally derived from a Saturday Night Live skit
featuring Christopher Walken and Will Ferrell. The idea resonates with
cyclists, as traditionally cowbells are used to cheer on riders as they
race through the Pyrenees or up the Italian Alps. Interns for the Tri-State
Trek started passing out cowbells at the event's finish line in White
Plains, NY as part of a project they were working on to get the community
more involved in the ride, and it wasn't long before cowbells echoed
through the city.
About the Tri-State Trek
This year marks the sixth Tri-State Trek, which begins in Newton,
Massachusetts and finishes in White Plains, New York. The event began with
just 16 riders in 2002 and included 165 riders in 2007. The event is a
journey that goes far beyond riding bicycles. It's about overcoming
obstacles, pushing beyond your comfort zones, and riding for those who no
longer can. Participants challenge themselves mentally, physically, and
emotionally to fund research at the ALS Therapy Development Institute. In
total, the Trek has helped to raise nearly a million dollars for ALS
research. For more information on riding, volunteering, or just coming out
to cheer, call 617-441-7211 or visit them online at
About ALS Therapy Development Institute
The ALS Therapy Development Institute (www.als.net), based in
Cambridge, Mass., operates the world's largest research and development
program focused exclusively on ALS. Its staff of 30 scientists and research
technicians work on behalf of ALS patients to discover and advance novel
therapeutics for treating and ultimately curing ALS. The non-profit
biotechnology institute excels in identifying novel disease targets,
discovering compounds that may act against these targets, and screening
potential treatments for clinical development.
ALS Therapy Development Institute
SOURCE ALS Therapy Development Foundation