Selden Middle School Hosts ALS Ride For Life Organization on Annual Journey

Selden Middle School opened its doors to welcome the ALS Ride For Life Organization recently as they embarked on their annual two-week ride. ALS Ride For Life, a non-profit organization founded in 1997 by ALS patient Christopher Pendergast, aims to raise research funds, support patients and their families, and raise awareness about this terminal motor neuron disease.

Selden Middle School students gathered to greet the riders, carrying banners and posters adorned with messages of hope and support. Even the school mascot made a special appearance to welcome the riders. The highlight of the event was an inspiring address by Christine Pendergast, wife of Christopher Pendergast, who rode for 25 years before passing away at the age of 71. Mrs. Pendergast expressed gratitude to the students for their unwavering support and shared the mantras that Chris instilled through the organization to never give up, never lose hope, and be ready to defy the odds.

Melissa Weaver—a dedicated teacher at Selden Middle School who played a pivotal role in bringing the ALS Ride for Life to the school—and Principal Andrew Bennett were honored with a plaque of appreciation from Christine and the ALS Ride for Life Organization. Their commitment to raising awareness and supporting ALS research was recognized as a crucial contribution to the cause. Throughout May, ALS Awareness Month, Selden Middle School sold bracelets to raise funds for the organization, further demonstrating their solidarity with the ALS community. As the riders departed, the students expressed their anticipation for welcoming them back next year.