Encinitas Residents to Cycle Across the Country this May and June to Fundraise for ALS Research

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Two cyclists to ride from Los Angeles, CA to Boston, MA for Team Godfather Charitable Foundation and ALS.net

On Sunday, May 8, two Encinitas residents, Kevin McCauley and Jim Quigley, will be dipping their rear bicycle wheels in the Pacific Ocean in Manhattan Beach, CA to begin their 3,415 mile cross-country ride to the Atlantic Ocean in Revere Beach, MA. Traveling through and across 15 states, the two sixty-year-olds are embarking on this journey to fundraise for Team Godfather Charitable Foundation and ALS.net, where the money they raise will fund research towards the development of effective treatments and a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

In 2012, McCauley and Quigley’s friend, Mike Ramirez of Encinitas, passed away from ALS after a three-year battle with the disease. It was Ramirez’s mission to find a cure for ALS through fundraising, thus founding Team Godfather Charitable Foundation, which supports ALS.net and the research it funds directly at the ALS Therapy Development Institute, a nonprofit biotech in Cambridge, MA whose scientists actively discover and develop treatments and a cure for ALS. Though Ramirez passed before his vision could be realized, McCauley and Quigley are determined to carry out Ramirez’s mission by way of this fundraising ride and participating in other events throughout the year.

McCauley and Quigley will begin the ride on Sunday, May 8 in Manhattan Beach, CA and ride approximately 85 miles a day and 500 miles per week to reach Revere Beach, MA on Friday, June 24.

For regular updates of their journey, to donate or learn more about Kevin McCauley and Jim Quigley’s cross country ride for ALS research, visit McCauley’s blog at http://www.wheresmacnow.com or Quigley’s blog at http://www.jqsbigadventure.com.    

About Team Godfather Charitable Foundation (TGCF)
Team Godfather Charitable Foundation (TGCF) is a non-profit 501c3 organization dedicated to building charitable capital, for the purpose of donating nationally and locally to medical research for ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease, while emphasizing the “fun” in fundraising. TGCF provides a way to donate to medical research and help find a cure for ALS. It was founded in May 2010 by Michael and Maureen Ramirez, shortly after Michael’s ALS diagnosis. For more information, please visit http://www.teamgodfather.org.

About ALS.net
ALS.net was born from the realization that something was needed to bring people together with a common goal to fund the research necessary to slow and stop amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). It is a global network of people with ALS, their care providers, family and friends, fundraising events, awareness campaigns and foundations committed to funding innovative, patient-centered research leading to the development of effective treatments and eventually a cure for ALS. ALS.net directly supports the ALS Therapy Development Institute, the world’s first and largest nonprofit biotech focused 100 percent on ALS research. Founded in 1999, the Institute brings together 30 industry-trained scientists with experience discovering drugs and bringing them to market. Led by people living with the disease and their families, they understand the urgent need to slow and stop this disease. For more information, visit http://www.als.net.

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