What is your favorite charity, cause to support or fundraiser?!
Of course we’d love to hear about how you use your bike to better your community and fight for your cause, but that’s only one part of the fundraising community! We want the cycling community to be involved both on and off the bike whether it’s at your local soup kitchen, day care, hospital or clinic, retirement home, animal shelter, etc.
Montague Bikes and their team members have been actively involved in helping support several organizations through the years. World Bicycle Relief, The Nature Conservancy and The Environmental Defense Fund are just a few of the organizations we’ve supported.
One of our marketing team members, Dave, has raised money for several organizations using the Ironman Lake Placid triathlon. And next month another marketing team member, Taylor, will be taking her Montague Folding Bike on a 270 mile ride from Boston to New York to raise money and awareness for ALS, also called Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
Taylor’s Mom, Anne, was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) when she was ten years old. ALS is a terminal neurological disease where signals from your brain and spinal cord to your voluntary muscles can no longer transmit, and the patient eventually loses control of their muscles as they atrophy and wither away. “Based on U.S. population studies, a little over 5,600 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with ALS each year. (That’s 15 new cases a day.) It is estimated that as many as 30,000 Americans have the disease at any given time,” says ALSA.org.
Upon Anne’s diagnosis, she founded the ALS Mid-South Chapter as a branch of the National ALS Association. The ALS Mid-South Chapter, through fundraising, provided medical support and care, prescription drugs, funding for research, dietary supplements, and support for patients and families dealing with the fight against ALS in the Mid-South area. She organized the Walk to D’Feet ALS (renamed Anne Walker’s Walk to D’Feet ALS during her last year) which brought thousands of people together each Fall to walk in the fight against ALS. The walk is still going today, nearly three years after her death.
One of the truly fulfilling perks of working at Montague is being around people (especially our customers!) who are passionate about cycling, passionate about life and choose to share that passion in generous and selfless ways. Whether you have already shared your story with us or not, let us know how you use cycling (or any type of event) to support your community and those in need.
You can follow Taylor (virtually) on her 270 mile Tri-State Trek by staying tuned to the blog and following us on Twitter, Facebook. She’ll be providing updates and pictures from all along the route. If you want to donate or learn more about the fight against ALS you read more by visiting Taylor’s Tri State Trek web page!
Share YOUR story! What are you passionate about? How are you getting out there and getting involved? Let us know how you use cycling or any other events to better your community!