About Ride For Life, inc.

Ride for Life, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation was begun in 1997 by ALS patients, caregivers and those who care about people living with ALS.  The first Ride began in 1998.

We are called “Ride for Life” because of our signature annual event.  Each May during ALS Awareness Month, ALS patients ride their electric wheelchairs for multiple days down the highways and byways to raise funds for a cure and create awareness about ALS.  During the past 16 years, ALS patients rode their wheelchairs from Yankee Stadium to Washington D.C., from Montauk Point (the tip of Long Island) to Manhattan and across Long Island.  The Ride Event has helped raise over 7 million dollars.

Governing Body is a ten-member Board of Directors, consisting of patients (PALS), family members with ALS (CALS), business, civic and educational leaders.  All serve as volunteers.

 Mission Statement: 

Ride For Life was founded in 1997 and incorporated as a tax-exempt charity according to IRS regulations in 1999. Under the articles of incorporation, our charity has the mission to serve the ALS community. As a patient driven, volunteer organization dedicated to:

  • raise research funds to find a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • support patients and their families through patient services
  • raise public awareness
  • provide the community with the latest ALS news, information and   inspiration

Funding Allocations:

By Board policy, the following financial priorities shall govern the yearly funding.

 1. Scientific Research 50%.

 2. Patient Services 40%

  • ALS Clinic Support
  • Nursing Respite
  • Legal Aide
  • Augmentative Equipment
  • Transportation / Mobility
  • Scholarship

 3. Awareness and Education 10%

FAQ page  The many ways to support RFL

Contact information

e-mail addresses:

Ride for Life
HSC, Stony Brook University
Level 2, Room 106
Stony Brook, NY  11794-8231
Office phone: 631-444-1292