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Tenth Annual Tri-State Trek for ALS Visits UNH June 21

Release Date:
7/19/2012 9:15 PM

University of New Haven: ALS Tri-State Trek, features Tri-State Trek riders

WHAT:  The 10th annual Tri-State Trek to raise money for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease will start in Newton, Mass., on Friday, July 20. Cyclists will ride a total of 270 miles through 52 communities, including the New Haven area, and finish on Sunday, July 22, in Greenwich, Conn.

WHO: Bike riders from throughout the country

WHEN: Cyclists will arrive between 1 and 3 p.m. at the University of New Haven on Saturday, July 21 for an overnight stay.  Riders depart on Sunday, July 22, from 5:15 to 7:30 a.m.

WHERE: The University of New Haven campus, Soundview Hall and New Hall residence halls

WHY: The cyclists are raising money and awareness for research into an effective treatment for ALS. Funds raised through the Tri-State Trek will support research at the ALS Therapy Development Institute in Cambridge, Mass. The institute is the world’s largest ALS research center.

For more information and a map of route, click here. 

Background Information: The Trek began in 2003, when 16 cyclists pedaled from Boston to New York and raised about $30,000 for ALS research. The event has since grown to 260 riders, raising more than $2.64 million.

ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that leads to paralysis due to the death of motor neurons in the spinal cord and brain. There is no known cause and no effective treatment for the disease. The average patient survives only two to five years following diagnosis.

About 5,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with ALS each year. There are about 30,000 U.S. citizens with the disease at any given time. The worldwide population of ALS patients is estimated at 400,000.