New on GoFundMe: Ride4Gabe Cyclists Raise $10,000, Reach Halfway Point in 2,200 Mile Ride From Maine to Alabama
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., August 4, 2016 – Today, three cyclists, Payne Griffin, Michael Staley and Wes Bates, are leading Ride4Gabe, a 2,200-mile cycling journey from Maine to Mobile, Alabama to raise awareness to help find a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). Birmingham native Michael Staley created a GoFundMe campaign campaign to help raise money for Hope for Gabe, a foundation in honor of Scott Griffin’s 11-year-old son Gabe, who was diagnosed with DMD in 2008. DMD is a genetic disorder that affects 1 out of 3,500 boys and causes progressive muscle degeneration, weakness, and lowered life expectancy. To date, the GoFundMe campaign has raised over $10,000.
“We intend to demonstrate the rigors and fatigue Duchenne kids feel each and every day,” said GoFundMe campaign organizer Michael Staley. “Our cross-country treks are aimed at shifting public policy gears for rare disorders and unmet medical needs.”
To view the campaign, click here.
As of August 3rd, the cyclists have covered 1,110 miles during the 2016 trek, and raised roughly $150,000 dollars in the two years that Ride4Gabe has existed which has helped fund awareness for DMD and support clinical trials. The organizers hope to expand Ride4Gabe to other states and countries in the years to come.
This year’s ride will conclude on August 8th at 4PM at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park, located in Mobile, Alabama.
Where: USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park
2703 Battleship Pkwy, Mobile, AL 36603
When: Monday, August 8, 4PM
Follow the riders progress live here.
To contact the organizers of this event please click here.
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