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The first thing we need to do is thank you for your support of our Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) ride on May 20. Your generous donations, as well as the donations of many others, enabled us to raise over $3,300 to help find a cure for this crippling disease. These funds will also be used to help support services for over 250 local patients and families living with ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The total raised on the ride so far is over $100,000.

Thanks again for helping to make this great charity event a huge success.

Now a little bit about the ride! For the second year in a row the weather didn’t cooperate. This year the temperature was in the high 50s with rain on and off all the time — not that it matters much when the rain stops. Once you’re wet, you’re wet!

Just like last year, the rain did stop after we finished. I think someone might be testing our resolve.

But whoever is testing us lost again. We rode the 50 miles in three hours. One of these years, if the weather is clear and dry, we might be able to get under that three-hour mark. Three Red Sox wives — Shonda Schilling, Dawn Timlin and Ashley Papelbon — were among the 200 riders participating in this year’s event. It’s great that they are willing to give their time and support to such a worthwhile cause.

We are including again this year with our thank you a photo of our ride. We know the photo looks a lot like last year’s, but we assure you it’s new. The weather was the same, so we dressed the same. Many of you may be starting to accumulate a number of these photos, and I have been told they gain in value with every passing year! Perhaps I could suggest they be placed in a lock box only to be taken out on very special occasions to share with friends and family. We hope next year we can take the jackets off.

We need to thank you once more for your donation. It’s hard to put into words how humble it makes us feel to know so many of our friends and relatives are willing to help us raise funds for such a worthwhile cause. Someday, with the support of people like you, we hope to find a cure for ALS, and this bike ride will become be a fond memory.

JOHN LOVE

Ayer

BILL LOVE

Billerica

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