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Gerardo's charity ride to defeat ALS
Gerardo Perez, a .NET Solution Architect with ServerLogic for over 3 years, is taking his beloved bicycle to help make a difference in the lives of people affected by Lou Gehrig’s disease and spread awareness of the urgency to find treatments, and even a cure someday.
Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS) is a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease that slowly robs a person of their ability to walk, speak, swallow and eventually breathe. The life expectancy of a person with ALS averages only 2 to 5 years from the time of diagnosis. In a very short period of time, the person and their family need a myriad of services and support. The ALS Association is their one-stop-shop.
Gerardo became aware of this terrible disease when he worked with another senior developer a few years ago. Watching him deteriorate made him think that it just wasn’t fair - someone needs to help these people, because it literally leaves them powerless.
Gerardo has been racing on a (BMX) bike since he was 10 years old, but this is his first charity race. He’ll tell you modestly that his biggest bike race win was 2nd place at the National Championship in Mexico when he was just 18 years old. He’s done everything from dirt bikes, track racing, mountain biking and cycle cross to street cycling and loves the cycling culture that he enjoys in Portland. Sports are simply a big part of his life, and have been since he was a kid.
Please help support Gerardo’s effort to defeat ALS by donating towards his goal. Whatever you can give will make a profound difference in the lives of those suffering with this disease.
Your support will help:
-- Fund a treatment and a cure for ALS.
-- Provide hands-on support to local families during their journey with ALS.
-- Raise awareness for a disease that is NOT rare and occurs every 90 minutes in the US.
Please visit his personal fundraising webpage where you can make a secure credit card donation or use PayPal. Your gift to this worthy cause is tax-deductible.