We (Rosi & Perry) are a wife-and-husband team who know firsthand how dancing and bicycling make the world a happier, healthier place. We also know firsthand about a dance-hindering, bike-hindering disease called ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's Disease).
Two events compelled us to create Pedal & Swing (see: www.GottaCureThatThing.org), to fundraise on behalf of BOTH the ALS Association and the MS Society. In April 2013, Rosi's son, Erik, was diagnosed with MS. The year prior to Erik's diagnosis, Carolyn, a woman responsible for bringing our neighborhood together, was diagnosed with ALS. And in early 2015, a dance pal, Eleanor, was also diagnosed with ALS.
ALS Walk 2021
This year's ALS Walk for New Mexico is planned for September 26, 2021. Pedal & Swing will be there for this inspirational, fun, get-together at Isotopes Park, in honor of all of those affected by ALS. NOTE: The above photo was taken at the 2019 ALS Walk event, at Albuquerque's Isotopes Park, where Pedal & Swing danced for donations on our cardboard dance floor!
Pedal & Swing 2021
In addition to participating in this year's ALS Walk, we plan to "swing" our oars, to fundraise for the ALS Association; by rowing at least 100 miles in Puget Sound, the San Juan Islands, and Hood Canal (all in Washington State), as well as in Lake Powell (in Utah). Please follow our adventures on the Pedal & Swing website, and pledge a donation to the ALS Association, at www.GottaCureThatThing.org.
ALS - Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease that slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe. The life expectancy of a person with ALS averages 2 to 5 years from the time of diagnosis. ALS can strike anyone. Presently there is no known cause or cure, and there are no effective treatment options.
From the pharma industry's perspective, the "ALS market" is currently too small and too risky for making large research investments. Thus, unlike research funding for more common diseases, "grass roots" donations to the ALS Association, by individuals like yourself, are ESSENTIAL for funding ALS research. Keep in mind that knowledge gained from research of one neurodegenerative disease is often translatable to other knowledge about other neurodegenerative diseases.
Donate to the ALS Association
Please click one of the "DONATE TO A TEAM MEMBER" buttons, above, for making a secure donation, to help fund the research, to find cures and more effective treatments for ALS, as well as for other neurodegenerative diseases.