TEAMQUEST4ALS RACING TO FIND A CURE FOR ALS

Sarah Coglianese

I was diagnosed with ALS in 2012. Though I used to be a runner, I'm now in a wheelchair. I can still find the good and the funny in every day, thanks to my 7-year-old daughter. “I am grateful for my disease because it’s shown me so much of the good in other people. It’s made me a better person, and I want to take all of the lessons I’ve learned and put them to use for the next 50 years. But that’s not how it works. Instead, it works like this: you start by missing the simple things, until you come to recognize that simple things are all you have left, and the only things that matter. I can’t hold a pen, and that sucks. But I still have words. I can’t fly across the country for a great party. But I still have friends. I can’t run to my daughter and lift her up in my arms. But I can still watch her grow. And I will do that for as long as this life will allow."

Andrea Lytle Peet

Andrea was diagnosed with ALS at the age of 33, after completing 5 triathlons and a half Ironman. After her diagnosis Andrea completed her 10th triathlon. "I realized I could inspire people to take on challenging races as a way to raise money for ALS - but more importantly, as a way to appreciate what their bodies can do."

Eric & Claire Craven

Eric was diagnosed with ALS in 2013. In 2016, his wife Claire ran the Brooklyn 1/2 marathon and this year she completed three half marathons. All to find a cure for her husband. "It’s so important to remember that we all have hidden battles and we’re all dealing with challenges and heart-wrenching situations. But joy comes in how you respond. You can let it destroy you, or you can grow and become better, stronger and a help to others. If I hadn’t had the many challenges I had in my early life, I wouldn’t have it in me to even get out of bed, much less to be able to give back now, or receive this outpouring of love and support."

Lynne & Augie Nieto

"I have a better husband today than I did 11 years ago. Augie talks about winning the war on ALS. He has done everything to win that war. He has fought it bravely. He’s determined. He’s tenacious and he’s singly focused on this. And I do believe in my heart of hearts that he will succeed. -Lynne Nieto

Matt Bellina & Family

Matt was diagnosed with ALS in 2014 at the age of 30. Retired US Navy Pilot, loving husband and father of 3 young sons. "You know you got life and death on the mind a lot, so people are always you know, ‘how do you feel about the fact that your kids might not know you,’ and everything like that. I do think that love is bigger than death. The way I feel about my wife and my kids is somewhat transcendent. This body... is nothing in comparison to that."