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Saturday, Aug 23, 2014
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Ride For A Cure hopes to raise money for battle against ALS


LUTZ – Gary Dassatti has been an advocate for ALS research for years. He’s passionate about trying to find a cure for the disease.

More commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease after the N.Y. Yankee legend who died two years after retiring, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis slowly causes the body to wither away, basically disconnecting the brain from the muscle system.

But Dassatti, who lost a close friend to the disease, isn’t giving up. He goes to Washington, D.C., every year to advocate the cause. Locally, he is hosting the Ride For a Cure bicycle event on Nov. 2, hoping to raise both money and awareness for the battle against ALS. A recent fundraiser at the Melting Pot in Carrollwood raised more than $1,000, and he hopes that the Ride For a Cure event can do even more.

The ride begins and ends at the Holiday Inn Harborside at Indian Rocks Beach, but Dassatti, who lives in Lutz, is looking for anyone to help.

He calls himself the “ALS Pest” but he is doing all he can to help the cause.

“We really need a lot of people to participate,” Dassatti said. “With this ride we are trying to give life to those with ALS. We have to defeat this terrible disease.”

There will be three bicycle rides, one that goes 6.2 miles, another that goes 2.5 miles, and other that is simply as far as anyone wants to ride. It’s only another one of the events that Dassatti has arranged to cure ALS.

“People don’t deserve this fate,” Dassatti said. I will continue to try to make a difference and then we can try to find a cause, get treatments, and find a cure for this horrible disease.”

To participate in Ride For a Cure, call (412) 530-6523.