Hello Beloved Community and Happy Easter!
Once again, ALS has broken the hearts of our Parish family. Very recently one of our own lost his valiant struggle against this horrible disease. Our community has been bitterly stricken by this disease, but as Rick Marks would have us do, we will not take this lying down. We will honor his memory by continuing the fight in the name of all of the loved ones we have lost to this awful affliction.
Last year, our Parish engaged in efforts to combat Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS. Among the many wonderful hikes and gala events, Epiphany fielded a team of cyclists to ride in the Tri-State Trek, a three day, 270 mile bicycle ride across southern New England. We were supported by several more folks who volunteered at the event and rode with us the ceremonial last nine miles into Greenwich, Connecticut. We raised over $10,000 to support the sponsor of the event, the ALS Therapy Development Institute.
So, Team Epiphany will ride again! And while we had a wonderful team last year, I think we can do better. More cyclists, more volunteers, more donations! In the spirit of Easter – renewal and transformation – let’s give this disease a swift kick in the behind!
This year the event will take place on the weekend of June 22, 23, and 24. There are many ways in which you can participate:
- Get out your trusty two-wheeler and start training! It would be great to have a large team of Epiphany cyclists training and riding together!
But, but, but – you do NOT have to ride all three days, all 270 miles. There are options for one-day and two-day commitments as well. There is even a ceremonial nine mile ride to conclude the event. All the riders come into Greenwich together.
- Volunteer at the Tri-State Trek. These events can’t happen without an army of volunteers to support the riders at water-stops, in support vehicles, and at the overnight venues.
- Cheer on the cyclists! The course starts at Boston College and ends on the Green in Greenwich, Connecticut with overnight layovers at UConn in Storrs and the University of New Haven – and many water stops in between. How cool would it be to have folks at various places shouting their encouragement?
- Pledge your support financially. The team is on the hook to raise $2,000 for each 3-day rider, so all help will be key.
The warden core is well represented on the team so far. Suzanne Owayda and Ellen Wilson have volunteered. Won’t you follow their example? I truly pray that we can make a significant contribution to the search for a cure and treatment of ALS which has handed us such a terrible loss. I know we can, with Christ’s help, do His will.
Please contact me if you are interested in participating. The information on the ride is here and Epiphany's team page for news and donation is here.
Thanks so much in advance. I know we can do this!