Cheering for an ALS Cure

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After hearing the inspirational Chris Pendergast speak about the disease that has changed his life, students enrolled in Babylon Junior-Senior High School’s child psychology class quickly rallied their peers and joined the fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis by showing an overwhelming support for this year’s Ride for Life.
Ride for Life Inc. is an organization founded in 1998 by Mr. Pendergast along with other ALS patients. The group’s mission is to raise public awareness of ALS, help researchers find a cure, support ALS patients and their families, and provide the ALS community with the latest ALS-related news, information and inspiration. The organization’s annual ride is an event where ALS patients ride their power wheelchairs along the highways across Long Island to Manhattan.

With the help of their teacher Lisa Brush, the school’s students coordinated fundraisers to raise funds for this worthy cause, which when combined with the donation collected during the faculty- and staff-organized “Dress Down Day,” totaled more than $600.

To show their appreciation for the school’s support, Mr. Pendergast and the rest of the Ride for Life participants rode past Babylon Junior-Senior High School during this year’s annual ride.

Lining the streets around the high school, students and faculty members cheered on the riders and showed support for their mission by holding colorful signs filled with inspirational messages. As the riders approached the high school, music teacher Charles Leech played the drums with students Jimmy Navarra and Sean Reis, and technology teacher Peter Manke's Digital Video Editing class captured the momentous event. A group of 30 seniors from Ms. Brush’s child psychology classes, along with their teacher and Principal Al Cirone, walked with the ride and escorted Mr. Pendergast through the village and into Argyle Park, all while chanting to raise awareness.