Defying the odds virtually! ALS Ride For Life goes virtual during COVID-19 pandemic

The ALS Ride For Life is going to look a little different this year - it is going virtual.

News 12 Staff

May 19, 2020, 9:01 AM

Updated 1,518 days ago

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The ALS Ride For Life is going to look a little different this year - it is going virtual.
Every year, for over two decades, Chris Pendergast has helped raise awareness, and money, to find a cure for ALS - with big help from Long Island students.
During the annual ALS Ride For Life event, Pendergast goes from school to school teaching children not just about ALS, but also about never giving up and overcoming adversity. The ride is held in May because it is ALS Awareness Month. 
This year, organizers created a virtual event on the day the ride was supposed to start. They created a video that the students can watch at home. The students were then asked to draw posters the same way they would if Ride For Life was visiting their school.
Below are photos of some of the posters created:
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Pendergast was diagnosed with ALS 27 years ago, and given only three years to live.
Ride For Life raises money for research to find a cure and for patient services on Long Island.
He wrote a book with his wife, Christine Pendergast, about their family's journey with the disease. The book is called "Blink Spoken Here: Tales From A Journey To Within."
 


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