ALS Ride For Life
ALS Ride For Life was founded in 1997 and incorporated as a tax-exempt charity according to IRS regulations in 1999. Under the articles of incorporation, our charity has the mission to serve the ALS community. As a patient driven, largely volunteer organization, its mission is to:
- Raise research funds to find a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Support patients and their families through patient services
- Raise public awareness
- Provide the community with the latest ALS news, information, and inspiration
During ALS Awareness Month in May, the charity conducts the annual Rife For Life, a major patient advocacy event. Over many days, patients in electric wheelchairs or scooters, journey a lengthy route spreading awareness, information and raising funds.
ALS Ride For Life was founded in 1997 by Christopher Pendergast (PALS) and supporters.
We are called “ALS Ride For Life” because of our annual event held each May during ALS Awareness Month. The first wheelchair Ride in 1998 went from Yankee Stadium to Washington to raise awareness about ALS. The trip took 15 days. Now, ALS patients ride their power wheelchairs along the highways across Long Island to Manhattan. We raise funds for a cure, help patients and create awareness of this fatal disease.
The patients are literally riding for life: theirs as well as the lives of the other 30,000 Americans stricken with ALS. Without a medical miracle, they will not survive.