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Donate to Colin Meagher’s Ride to Defeat ALS

One of the good guys needs our help.

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For many in our sport, Colin Meagher needs no introduction. He and his camera were longtime stalwarts on the World Cup scene, and his beautiful and graceful work from the alpine of the Pacific Northwest (and the world over) regularly graced magazine spreads and inspired riders to go find their own stretch of stunning singletrack. But beyond the huge body of work he’s produced over the years, it’s Colin’s spirit that has always set him apart. He has long been a positive force in our community, always ready with a good Scotch when needed, and so many times a patient and willing mentor to young photographers learning his craft.

In 2018, Colin was diagnosed with ALS. We won’t go into too many details here, but strongly recommend reading THIS story, written by Mike Ferrentino, about Colin, his spirit, and his early struggle with the disease.

Today, Colin needs our help. Colin’s Crew will be participating this weekend in the Ride to Defeat ALS, an event which supports the ALS Foundation and their search for a cure.

Please consider donating to Colin’s fundraising efforts HERE, and read more from the man himself below.

“Please consider supporting my efforts to help raise money to support those affected by ALS and to help find a cure for this shitty disease by giving a tax deductible donation towards my goal. Please know any amount helps and every dollar makes a difference.

You may also join my team by registering today and commit to your own personal fundraising efforts of raising $150 or more. The more, the merrier, and together, we will have an amazing ride July 17 or 18.

With your help, we will be able to make a difference in the lives of people affected by this disease while also having a great time. It’s a pretty fun time with beer, great food, and good people all the way around.

Why We Need Your Help

Often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease tha’s robbing me and everyone else afflicted with it of their ability to walk, speak, swallow and eventually breathe. The current life expectancy of a person with ALS averages only 2 to 5 years from the time of diagnosis–I got mine in March of 2018, so I’m a year plus in and I’m already unable to use something as simple as a button. Probably within a year, I and my family will need a myriad of services and support not covered by health insurance. The ALS Association will be our one-stop-shop.

The ALS Association Oregon and SW Washington Chapter supports families living with ALS at each and every stage of the disease. Through local monthly support groups, medical equipment loan closets, caregiver support, partnerships with multi-disciplinary clinics, and so much more – services are provided at no cost to the person with ALS and their family. The local chapter receives no government or insurance funding, but is supported through events like the Ride to Defeat ALS.

Help create change in the ALS community. Support my efforts or join my team today!”

We wish all the best to Colin and his family, and thank you for your consideration.