Raising Awareness, Funding and Hope

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Cherry Lane and Rushmore Avenue schools recently welcomed Chris Pendergast to their schools for informative and inspiring assemblies about awareness and perseverance. Pendergast, a former schoolteacher who 25 years ago was diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disorder ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) and given three years to live, met with students to educate them on his disease and share his message of hope. This spring, he plans to embark on his 22nd annual Ride for Life across Long Island to raise money for research and patient services and awareness about the disease.

During his presentation at Rushmore, Pendergast shared a video showing different individuals who live with ALS and photos from his annual ride past Rushmore and Cherry schools, when students displayed signs with inspirational messages as he passed by. 

Pendergast’s visit to Rushmore also served as a kickoff to various student council-led fundraising activities that will take place in the months ahead. Last year Rushmore raised approximately $5,000 and is traditionally one of the top ALS fundraisers among Long Island schools. 

Since beginning his Ride for Life, Pendergast has helped to raise over $1 million for ALS research and services. He will ride again this May and, once again, Carle Place students will cheer him on.