YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Four Yorktown residents and one Cortlandt resident are going to put 270 miles beneath them to help raise money to fight Lou Gehrig’s disease in the three-day charity bike ride known as the Tri-State Trek.
Yorktown’s Max Bluestone, Harrison Bluestone, Tim George and Linus Hamann will join Cortlandt Manor’s Paul Dorsa as members of the team “Vicious Cyclists,” in the 11th annual Tri-State Trek to help end amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that leads to paralysis and eventually death and it has no cure. The July 19 trek will mark George and Max Bluestone’s third time participating after raising thousands of dollars each year.
“None of us had any relation to ALS, but doing the trek, we learned about how deeply it can affect people and the communities they live in,” said George. “It has been extremely inspiring to join so many other people in fighting this destructive disease that can be so debilitating for families. For me, it’s a lot of motivation to get out there and work toward a great charity and some amazing people.”
Max Bluestone said each ride has provided some eye-opening experiences.
“I met a couple of people with ALS on the first trek and it really moved me to get more involved and it’s why I keep coming back each year,” he said. “It definitely is a lot of fundraising but it also helps spread awareness for ALS and really brings us closer together to help in any way we can.”
The Tri-State Trek is an annual event created and produced by the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI), according to a press release. In the past 10 years, riders and volunteers of the Tri-State Trek have raised more than $3 million, according to the release. To support the Vicious Cyclists’ efforts, residents can visit the group’s donation page
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