Students Support ALS Ride for Life

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Wearing red to support a cure for ALS, students from Cherry Lane and Rushmore elementary schools recently welcomed Chris Pendergast and Frank Wojcik, who stopped at the school on the ninth day of their 12-day journey from Montauk to Manhattan to raise awareness and money for the 17th annual ALS Ride for Life fundraiser.

During the event, the students presented a check to both Wojcik, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2012, and Pendergast, founder of ALS Ride for Life who was diagnosed with ALS in 1993.

The $2,213 raised was part of a student council fundraising effort that was assisted by advisers Laurie Papa and Raina Lasky.

With the slogan “Hit ALS Out of the Park,” students were encouraged by student council members through daily announcements to make a $2 donation to the cause. In return for their donations, the students’ names were hung in the hallways of the elementary schools.

“It was an inspiring experience for both students and staff,” said Cherry Lane Principal Marilyn Manfredi. “Together, we can make a difference.”

Pendergast and Wojcik were grateful for the donation. “You have no idea how much this money means toward finding a cure,” Pendergast said.