Journey of Hope Visits Carle Place

Dr. Christopher Pendergast, president and founder of ALS Ride for Life, Inc., visited Rushmore Avenue students for an inspirational assembly on April 23. Chris, who has lived with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease) for 20 years, spoke to attendees about his life experiences and his determination to fight the disease.

Dr. Pendergast told students that he is working hard to find a cure for ALS, which gives him courage rather than fear. “I have an important reason to live – to help others,” he said. “I choose to climb toward a goal instead of sinking in sadness. Happiness comes from within, and I consider myself a lucky man.”

During his presentation, Dr. Pendergast stressed the importance of remembering four rules that will help anyone to overcome challenges in life – Never give up. Never lose hope. Always be optimistic. Defy the odds. “If you do these things, you will be able to face any problem in life, no matter what it is,” said Dr. Pendergast. “Life is what you make it. I will not give up.”

Dr. Pendergast will join with other ALS patients to travel from Montauk to Manhattan this May as part of the annual Journey of Hope and will be passing through Carle Place Schools on May 14. ALS Ride for Life, Inc., has raised nearly $5 million to find a cure for ALS since its inception.