Single Cyclist, 3000 miles, One and a Half Weeks . . . All for ALS!
Beginning on June 14, 2016 Mike Conti is using the Race Across America (RAAM), a 3000 mile bike race, as a symbol of the fight to end ALS. Unlike other bike stage races, RAAM is one continual race; once the clock starts it does not stop until the finish line. Mike is the 2015 winner of the Race Across the West (RAW), an 880-mile bike race, and the first cyclist to solo ride from Salt Lake to Las Vegas in less than 36 hours.
Conti has teamed up with ALS Crowd—a non-profit organization that brings patients and doctors together to better understand and cure ALS. According to Seth Christensen, an ALS diagnosee and Co-Founder of ALS Crowd: “The Race Across America, like ALS, will require a Herculean effort to ‘finish’. We need focus. We need power. Mike’s ride, for me, embodies the ALS struggle and my own physical struggle … Until I no longer need my wheelchair, Mike is my legs.”
Conti adds: “I race for Seth and all those impacted by ALS…all my suffering isn’t even close to the suffering diagnosees and their families go through each day knowing they have a healthy mind, a failing body and, ultimately, a death sentence”.
ALS Crowd is a division of the CrowdCare Foundation, an organization founded by technologists and entrepreneurs who have been diagnosed with ALS or other rare terminal illnesses. Because its founders are nationally recognized within their disease communities, deeply motivated, and completely unpaid, the Foundation is able to use 100% of donated funds to drive collaboration within and across multiple illnesses, and to directly develop technologies that will end ALS and other diseases.
Mike and Seth both rely on a team of friends and family to help them on their Journey. Please join them as they raise both money and awareness for ALS by donating here and going to ALScrowd.org
Track Mike Conti’s progress here: http://raceacrossamerica.org/live-tracking.html