270 Mile Tri-State Trek Points At Deadly Lou Gehrig Disease

July 25th, 2010 - 4:29 pm ICT by GD  

By Madhuri Dey
bikeJuly 25, (THAINDIAN NEWS) On Sunday around 200 cyclists including police sergeants and officers will be meeting at Greenwich to bring to completion the three-day long Tri-State bike trek that began on Friday. The race will come to a finish at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park, Greenwich. Although this is not for the first time that the Tri-State race has been organized, it is for the first time that it would be coming to an end at Greenwich. The Tri-State trek started in Massachusetts on Friday and went passed Connecticut during the weekend.

The trek has been organized with an aim to raise money for research works that try to find cures for the deadly Lou Gehrig disease. The cycling fundraiser raises money in particular for the ALS Therapy Development Institute. As per reports, the organizer of the event, Mat Mendel has said to media sources that this year the race has been planned to end at Greenwich because the organization wanted to show its respect for a Greenwich police sergeant who has been suffering from the Lou Gehrig disease for a long time.

Greenwich Police Sergeant Roger Petrone was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig disease in 2006 and has been battling with the disease since then. He suffers from stiff legs, upper-body weakness, body balance disorder and speech problem. However, he had kept a brave front and takes active participation in programs and events that serves to find a cure for the disease. When asked about the present Tri-State trek event, Mat Mendel said, “I really want Greenwich to feel like this is their event….It is a very big bike ride with a beautiful finish line”.

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