Greenwich military major rides to remember his partner, an ALS victim

June 19, 2015 - als

GREENWICH, Conn. (WTNH)–When Lt. Rick Cochran found out that his prolonged time partner in a Greenwich military department, Sgt. Roger Patrone, had a depot disease, there was zero he could do to save him.

But a 35 year maestro has been doing his best to respect his friend, and to lift income to conflict ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

“I’m not a biker. we don’t like cycling,” Cochran said. “The initial time we did it was substantially a many formidable thing I’ve ever done. we was bruise in place we don’t wish to describe.”

“There wasn’t a man on this pursuit that wouldn’t have traded his life for Roger Patrone’s during a time. we meant he was handsome, friendly, really outgoing, had all going for him.”

“When he was diagnosed, he came to me and said, ‘I got a genocide sentence,’ we pronounced ‘what are we articulate about?” Cochran said.

“He pronounced ‘Rick, we have ALS.’ we said, ‘What’s that?’”

“At a time we didn’t know what ALS is, like a lot people didn’t have a idea what ALS is. He said, ‘Lou Gherig’s disease,’ we said, ‘Rog, we still don’t know what you’re articulate about.’

Patrone told him he had about 3-5 years to live.

“He said, What did we do in life to merit a genocide sentence? we suspicion we was a good person. What am we going to do about Sidney?’ That was his series 1 concern, his daughter.”

Soon after Patrone was diagnosed, Cochran put together Team Greenwich Police to float in a Tri-State Trek. A cycling eventuality that starts in Boston on Jun 26th, and creates a approach by New York and Connecticut finale in Greenwich on a 28th. About 300 miles in 3 days.

“I’ve been doing 60 miles a day and a lot of hills,” Cochran said.

That’s a lot of cycling for a man who doesn’t like cycling. But he keeps a design of his friend on his bike and that keeps him going.

“I demeanour down and we see Roger’s confronting staring adult during me. That grin only keeps me going. we only block away. one pedal during a time, we know I’m removing closer to a finish line,” he said.

“It’s a tough ride. But it doesn’t review to what they’re going by any day. Struggling adult those hills, we contend this is zero compared to what they have to arise adult any singular day of their lives until it finally gets a best of them. ALS always wins in a end.”

But Cochran and his group of about 20 are doing their partial to quarrel back. Cochran raises between $30,000-$50,000 himself any year; contributing to a $6 million this trek has lifted given it started in 2003. Not to discuss a recognition it raises.

“I do wear my jersey around city and move recognition to ALS and keep Roger’s memory alive,” Cochran said.

“That’s because we do it, for people who suffer. Because we can do it and they can’t.”

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