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.
The 1st annual Blues Barbershop Car Show will take place on September 19at Holladay City Hall (2300 E. 4650 S. in Salt Lake City) with all proceeds benefiting ALS Crowd. The event will include t-shirt sales, live music (including Ryan Innes from NBC’s The Voice), concessions, family activities, and new and classic cars. Sponsors are invited to co-brand merchandise, show corporate cars, have a booth, and are encouraged to provide fundraising/ matching challenges during the event. Contact Christi Wedig, Blues Barbershop, at: 435-773-7031
ALS Crowd Co-Founder and Executive Director Seth Christensen is featured in a 30 minute documentary about his goals for ALS Crowd to cure the disease. Learn more about his “Project” to make a difference for all ALS patients.
Seth and his his 13-year-old son, Sam, are working to transform a 1968 Chevy Camaro into the “End ALS Camaro” – a symbol of the fight against ALS: with vision, hard work, and collaboration with a wide variety of talented and resourceful people, an old vehicle can be transformed into a cutting-edge, high performance version of a celebrated classic. Click here for more information!
Seth and Amy Christensen, and Paul Ahlstrom, were interviewed by KSL 1160’s Doug Wright on Thursday, October 2, 2014. Click here to listen.
On Sept 19th Mike Conti of Park City, Utah will be racing from Salt Lake City to St George to raise awareness and money for ALS. “Soloing” the Salt-to-Saint relay, a race typically ridden by eight-rider teams, he will ride 423 miles non-stop with a goal to complete the race in 26 hours.
“My goal is to raise $10,000 with all proceeds going directly to ALS Crowd” says Conti. ALS Crowd is a division of the CrowdCare Foundation, a Utah based non-profit founded by ALS diagnosee Seth Christensen. It was created to help educate and empower ALS patients and to close the gap between ALS patients and ALS doctors/researchers. The Salt-to-Saint relay, founded by Christensen’s brother Clay, has aligned itself with the ALS Crowd, and Conti is “all in”. Says Conti, “I believe in what they are doing and that is why I’m riding my bike non stop for 423 miles.”
This is not Conti’s first foray into long-distance cycling or ALS fundraising. Earlier this year he rode 517 miles from Salt Lake City to Las Vegas in a race called Saints-to-Sinners, raising awareness and more than $10,000 for ALS. He is also Salt-to-Saint veteran, having ridden as a member of a relay team in 2012 and making an unsuccessful solo attempt in 2013. According to Clay Christensen, “Mike is an extraordinary example of the type of rider the Salt-to-Saint attracts…disciplined, life-loving, and a little crazy.” Says Seth Christensen, “We are thrilled to have Mike ride for ALS Crowd. His ride embodies the determination and Herculean effort needed to bring an end to ALS.”
Those interested in contributing to and following Conti’s ride can do so at: http://www.gofundme.com/S2Ssolo . Says Conti, “I ride for those given the death sentence of ALS. Please support me in raising both money and awareness. If you did the #icebucketchallenge and didn’t donate then this is your time to step up and donate. You will get good karma credits.”
- a bucket
- the name of someone to challenge
- a phone or other video recording device
- ANY donation you wish to bring (cash or check are appreciated)
- YOU!… In attendance!
- Promotion: please invite everyone you know including teams, businesses, coworkers, congregations/wards
- Donors: please consider giving or giving again… especially you business leaders. This is an incredible opportunity to offer “matching” challenges
Hear about Seth Christensen, his fight with ALS and his decision to make a difference in ALS research.