Each year our ride is dedicated to an individual — sometimes a child, sometimes an adult — struggling with muscular dystrophy or related muscle disease. By dedicating the ride, we put a more personal face on the disease(s) that we’re working to eradicate.
Muscular dystrophy comes in many forms and affects those diagnosed in ways large and small. In some cases, lives are ended in their youth, and in other cases those affected suffer day in and day out for years from the ravages of the disease.
By riding — and raising money — you help those affected with these diseases live life unlimited.
Our 2018 Dedicatee: Richard (Rick) DiRocco
Rick is a 2-1/2 year old boy (pictured above) who was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) at age 15 months. Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a genetic disorder characterized by progressive muscle degeneration and weakness.
Soon after learning of his disease, the MDA contacted Rick and his family to offer support. Rick has become a part of fund-raising, shamrocks, Fisher Cat ball games and the Muscle Walk, which raises money to find a cure and send kids just like him to summer camp. Read the rest of his story here.