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    • Jul 06, 2016

    Riding for ALS Update: Semi Hits Cyclist Support Vehicle

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Michael Conti spent a year and a half preparing for the Race Across America.  He was riding to fulfill a childhood dream and to raise funds for ALS Crowd.

Just outside of Alamosa, Colorado on June 17 his ride came to an abrupt end after a semi truck rear ended the cyclist’s support car.  Michael was not hit, but three crew members including his daughter, were taken to the hospital and observed for the night.  The vehicle and bike gear are a total loss.

At the time of the crash Conti was in 7th place overall,  was the top American racer, and had already covered over 800 miles.  He is processing the abrupt end of his dream with a positive attitude and a sense of gratitude that the people he loves are still around.

As part of the ALS community, we recognize the difficulty of having circumstances beyond our control change personal plans and shatter dreams.  ALS has done that for many of us.  But it also puts our priorities in perspective of what really matters most; to love the ones you have while you still have them.

We are grateful for Michael Conti’s hard work and his efforts to race to end ALS.  The Race Across America to End ALS fundraising campaign will be open until July 15.

About the Author:

Seth Christensen
Seth is an ALS patient and founder of ALS Crowd, a division of the CrowdCare Foundation. As host of the ALS Crowd Radio show, he interviews top ALS researchers and focuses his efforts on the aggregation of big data to help researchers and patients find clues that will drive to a cure.
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