Proudly holding their handmade signs, students at Marion Street Elementary School, North Middle School and South Middle School cheered as the ALS Ride for Life Foundation stopped by their schools during their travels through Nassau County on May 9. This was the first year that both middle school’s participated in the ride and between all three schools, Lynbrook students and staff helped raise a total of $6,200 towards finding a cure, which was presented to the foundation.
ALS Ride for Life is a charity organization that serves the ALS community by raising awareness and research funds while providing services to patients and their families, along with news and information to the public. ALS is a nervous system disease that weakens muscles and impacts physical function. During the month of May, the organization honors ALS Awareness Month by conducting their annual Ride for Life event where patients and their families travel to raise awareness, spread information on ALS and raise funds for research.
The organization traveled to the three schools throughout the morning where they were greeted by excited students. ALS patients, including Ride for Life founder Chris Pendergast rode his electric wheelchair down the row of students as they cheered words of encouragement while patient John Michael, gave students high fives and expressed his gratitude for the Lynbrook Public Schools support.
“These kids are inspirational,” he said. “Maybe one of these children will be the one to find a cure.”
Students at Marion Street Elementary School participated in fundraisers and events throughout the year to help raise money for ALS Ride for Life in the fight to find a cure. The students, along with Principal Theresa Macchia, presented the organization with a check during their visit of $5,400. In addition, North Middle School students presented the foundation with a $600 check and Sophia Yaker, a seventh-grader from South Middle School raised approximately $200 that she presented to the foundation.