Woman Spearheads Cycling Event to Fight Lou Gehrig's Disease and Honor Dying Mother
LARGO - Shelly Reale, a young woman filled with passion and inspired by her mother's courageous battle against a deadly illness, is spearheading an effort to make a difference in the fight against Lou Gehrig's Disease. In the fall of 2009, Shelly Reale's mother was diagnosed with ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease), a devastating illness with no known cause or cure. That's when Reale began searching for something to give significance to her mother's impending death.
Her search has led her to organize a brand new event that will benefit the fight against the awful illness. She has the name, the concept, and the passion to pull it off. Her brainchild, Tour de Vie, is a cycling event that will take place on the Pinellas Trail in Largo, on November 7, beginning at 7 a.m. Cycling enthusiasts from around the state of Florida have already registered for the event, and many plan to travel to Pinellas County just for the ride.
All proceeds raised through Tour de Vie will benefit The ALS Association Florida Chapter's patient care programs and research to find a cure. The ALS Association Florida Chapter hopes to make this first-ever event an annual tradition.
The registration fee to participate is $35, and all riders will be asked to reach a $150 fundraising minimum. Interested cyclists should call 888-257-1717 or register online at www.tourdevie.org.
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