Team Godfather presents 1st Annual ‘Bike 4 Mike’ Fundraiser for ALS research Nov. 4

On Sunday, Nov. 4, the 1st annual Bike 4 Mike charity cycling event benefiting Team Godfather’s vision to find a cure for ALS will be held. The event will also honor beloved community member Mike Ramirez, who passed away earlier this year.  Today, more than 150 families in San Diego are facing the tragedy of ALS.

The bike tour starts and finishes at the Plaza de Mexico at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, offering distances of 10, 25, and 50 miles

Stationary spin bikes will be available for hourly classes offered by Bodyrok and Dean Grafos.

The event, which opens for registration at 6 a.m., will also include vendor booths, music, a Mexican Fiesta and Beer Garden at the finish.

In 2009, a dear member of the San Diego community, Michael Ramirez, was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, ALS is a progressive disorder that destroys nerve cells that control voluntary muscle movement, and eventually causes paralysis. ALS is currently untreatable and incurable. Over the years, Mike’s undeniable charisma and community leadership earned him the nickname “The Godfather.” After his diagnosis in 2009, a foundation was established in order to raise research money for the treatment and cure for ALS, and with Mike at the helm, it seemed only fit to be named “Team Godfather.” Mike once said, “I have never once asked, ‘Why me?’ I wouldn’t want this to happen to anyone else.”  Mike’s story is proof that life is a gift, and everyone can make a difference. Although Mike recently passed away in April 2012, the legacy of his dedication and commitment to finding a cure for ALS is carried on through Team Godfather and his loyal community of supporters in San Diego and beyond. In fact, Team Godfather has now set a goal of raising $1 million by 2017.

For event times, registration and more information, visit www.teamgodfather.org/bike4mike; For donation opportunities, visit www.teamgodfather.org/donate; To learn more about the symptoms, diagnosis, progression, and science of ALS, visit www.alsa.org; www.als.net andwww.als.ucsd.edu. Also visit www.ranchcycles.com.

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