May 10th, 2019 – Islip Supervisor Angie Carpenter, Coucilwoman Trish Bergin-Weichbrodt and local police officers joined with Chris Pendergast, founder of ALS Ride for Life, as he and supporters passed through the hamlet of Islip Wednesday.
Chris, and ALS Ride for Life volunteers, are riding their wheelchairs and walking from the East End of Long Island to Manhattan during May, ALS Awareness Month, to fund raise for a cure and help patients create awareness of this fatal disease.
Chris presented Supervisor Carpenter with a Certificate of Appreciation during the visit to Town Hall. "Chris and I have known one another for more than 22 years," said Supervisor Carpenter. "He embodies the true meaning of perseverance and positive thinking," she said.
Chris and his supporters founded ALS Ride for Life in 1997. The first ALS Ride For Life took place in 1998, traveling from Yankee Stadium to Washington, DC. To date, the organization has raised a total of $8m.
ALS Ride for Life is a volunteer, patient-driven and patient-organized charity. Research grants are determined entirely by patients. Most fundraising is organized directly by patients and their families. For more information on ALS Ride for LIfe, please visit their website at: www.ALSRideForLife.org.