GREENWICH, Conn. -- Greenwich police will be hitting the road Friday in a three-state bicycle ride to raise money to fight Lou Gehrig's disease, a degenerative condition that claimed the life of one of their fellow officers.
The team will ride in the Tri-State Trek to raise money and awareness to battle amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, a disorder that involves the death of neurons in the brain. The 24-member team will be riding about 100 miles a day for three days.
The team is riding in honor of Sgt. Roger Petrone, who died from ALS. Petrone served 18 years with the Greenwich Police Department and passed away at the age of 44 after a seven-year battle with the disease.
The trek begins Friday in Boston, making its way through Massachusetts, New York and Connecticut, where it ends Sunday in Greenwich.
The team will regroup at the Roger Petrone Rest Stop, which is at the intersection of John Street and Riversville Road at 2 p.m. Sunday. The more than 300 bikers will be led by Petrone's 12-year-old daughter, Sydney, down Greenwich Avenue and across the finish line arriving at 3:10 p.m. in Roger Sherman Baldwin Park.
ALS is characterized by stiff muscles, muscle twitching, and gradually worsening weakness due to muscle wasting. This results in difficulty speaking, swallowing, and eventually breathing.
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