Crush ALS/Team Bannon is creation the 7th uninterrupted annual state trek

June 23, 2015 - als

Crush ALS/Team Bannon to make 7th-consecutive state trek

By William K. Alcorn


There’s still no cause, diagnosis or heal found for ALS.

That’s what motivates Crush ALS/Team Bannon to make a seventh- uninterrupted three-day, 270 mile ALS-TDI Tri-State Trek bicycle float from Boston to New York City.

Led by Breen O. Bannon and his sister, Lisa Bannon Steinmetz, Team Bannon also rides to respect their brother, Chuck Bannon, who died of amyotrophic parallel sclerosis in 2009.

The purpose of a Trek, famous as The Ride to End ALS, is to lift recognition and income for research.

Often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, ALS is a on-going neuro-degenerative illness that affects haughtiness cells in a mind and a spinal cord. Motor neurons strech from a mind to a spinal cord and from a spinal cord to a muscles via a body. Degeneration of a engine neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death, that causes a mind to remove a ability to trigger and control flesh movement. Patients in a after stages of a illness might turn paralyzed.

The illness is always fatal.

“In dual to 5 years after diagnosis, we are dead,” pronounced Bannon of Cornersburg.

Proceeds from a Tri-State Trek Friday by Sunday advantage a ALS-Therapy Development Institute, a initial and largest nonprofit biotech focused 100 percent on ALS research.

The 2014 Ice Bucket Challenge was such a unusual success that only about everybody now knows a harmful effects of ALS, Bannon said.

So he asks himself: “Do we unequivocally need to get on a 10-speed bike again and pedal 270 miles, infrequently by sleet and boiling heat, from Boston to New York … will it unequivocally make a difference?”

For a seventh year in a row, his answer is a same: “Hell, yeah.”

Because after all these years of investigate and fund-raising, there’s still no heal or effective diagnosis for ALS, he said.

“After we mislaid a brother, my sister, Lisa, and we vowed to keep roving until researchers learn some kind of heal or treatment,” pronounced Bannon, 47.

The 2014 Ice Bucket Challenge went viral on a Internet. during a six-week duration of Aug by mid-September. The ALS Association, not dependent with ALS-TDI, perceived $115 million, 67 percent of that is committed to research, pronounced Mary Wilson Wheelock, executive executive of a ALS Association Northern Ohio Chapter in Independence.

The Cambridge, Mass.-based ALS-TDI perceived $4 million by a Ice Bucket Challenge, $1.5 million of that it put into a pointing medicine program, designed to mangle ALS down into treatable subgroups. The rest of a income is earmarked for investigate to pierce brazen to tellurian clinical-trial standing dual earnest diagnosis drugs that have shown success in animals, pronounced Carol Hamilton, ALS-TDI growth director.

“We contingency still concentration on research,” pronounced Bannon, a connoisseur of Cardinal Mooney High School and Youngstown State University. He is clamp boss and commercial-relationship manager for Farmers National Bank of Canfield and a member of a Youngstown Kiwanis Club, that he pronounced supports ALS-TDI.

Over a 7 years, Crush ALS/Team Bannon has finished a partial for research.

“I’m unequivocally unapproachable to news that a small group that began in 2009 with 3 riders has grown to 15 riders, and 4 crew, from opposite a United States, including Seattle, Vancouver, Atlanta, Chicago, Ohio, New York and New Jersey.

Even Bannon’s niece, Nell Steinmetz, 16, Lisa’s daughter, has gotten into a fight.

A member of Team Bannon, she shaped a Crush ALS Club during her high propagandize this past propagandize year that has about 30 members that lifted about $2,000 for ALS-TDI, that depends on a scarcely $1 million lifted annually by a Trek for about 10 percent of a budget.

In 2014, CrushALS/TeamBannon alone lifted some-more than $100,000, a singular biggest fundraiser of a Trek. Over a 7 years of roving a Trek, Team Bannon will have lifted some-more than $300,000 for ALS-TDI.

Bannon asked people to cruise ancillary Team Bannon’s efforts by donating online at: Donors who cite to write a check might make it payable to Tri-State Trek and mail it to Breen Bannon, 3478 Bentwillow Lane, Youngstown, OH 44511.

“Thank we all for your really friendly and ongoing support of my efforts. Through your donations, and with any pedal stroke, we truly trust we are creation a disproportion in a conflict to finish this vicious disease. Never give up,” he said.

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