Ride for Life reaches out to ALS treatment centers

Chris Pendergast, who has been battling Lou Gherig?s disease for 17 years, has donated over $300,000 through his Ride for Life campaign to benefit local ALS treatment centers.

ALS, which severely affects a patient?s motor abilities, has no cure and no real treatment to curb its symptoms.

At the unique Setauket center, ALS patients are examined over a three-hour period by rotating therapists, neurologists and social workers. The staff says that they rarely get to know their patients well, as most succumb to the disease in less than five years.

Those around him give credit to Pendergast?s mental aspect for his uncommonly long fight with ALS.

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