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ALS Ride for Life Comes to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

ALS researchers and others from CSHL gathered to welcome Chris Pendergast and his ALS Ride for Life team to campus on Monday, May 16.

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Front row (l-r): Ride For Life founder Chris Pendergast, Rider Paul Weissman, and board member Frank Verdone (with check) are joined by Ph.D. students from the Watson School of Biological Sciences during the Ride's stop at CSHL.

Photo by: CSHL.

Cold Spring Harbor, NY - May 23, 2016 - ALS researchers and others from CSHL gathered to welcome Chris Pendergast and his ALS Ride for Life team to campus on Monday, May 16, marking the end of Day 7 of an annual 12-day, 100-plus mile patient wheelchair ride across Long Island to raise money for ALS research, support and awareness. This was the first time the Ride included a stop at CSHL, following a generous research grant from the organization last year.

CSHL Lab members join Chris Pendergast's wife, Christine (center), on the final leg of the Ride For Life, over the Brooklyn Bridge into Manhattan. Photo Credit: CSHL.
Several researchers from the lab of CSHL Assistant Professor Molly Hammell joned the Ride on Saturday, May 21 for the final leg of their journey, across the Brooklyn Bridge into Manhattan.

CSHL thanks Chris Pendergast and the rest of ALS Ride for Life for their support and inspiration.  The people of the Ride serve as a powerful example for our researchers as they continue to strive to understand the disease and how to defeat it.

About Ride For Life
Ride For Life, Inc. (RFL) is a not-for-profit organization begun in 1997 and incorporated two years later. As a patient-driven, volunteer charity, the mission of Ride For Life is to serve the ALS community by: raising funds for research to find a cure, supporting patients and their families through patient services, and raising public awareness of ALS. Each year in ALS Awareness month of May, the organization conducts a twelve-day, one-hundred plus mile patient wheelchair ride across Long Island. Along the Ride route, schools and supporting businesses are visited. A signature activity during the Ride is an iconic crossing of the Brooklyn Bridge into Manhattan. The event draws thousands of participants.

About Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Founded in 1890, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory has shaped contemporary biomedical research and education with programs in cancer, neuroscience, plant biology and quantitative biology. Home to eight Nobel Prize winners, the private, not-for-profit Laboratory employs 1,100 people including 600 scientists, students and technicians. The Meetings & Courses Program hosts more than 12,000 scientists from around the world each year on its campuses in Long Island and in Suzhou, China. The Laboratory's education arm also includes an academic publishing house, a graduate school and programs for middle and high school students and teachers. For more information, visit