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In December 2006, Florida State University College of Law Professor Steven Gey was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Soon after receiving this news, a group of approximately 40 FSU law professors, alumni, and students decided to take action against ALS in honor of Professor Gey. They formed the first Tri-for-Gey Team with a dual mission — participate in the 2007 Red Hills Triathlon, and at the same time, raise awareness and funds for ALS research. The team was successful; it raised approximately $40,000 for ALS TDI, a leading nonprofit biotechnology company working on ALS.
At the beginning of 2008, Professor Gey’s health was failing, causing his weight to drop to a mere 85 pounds. However, he kept fighting ALS, and Tri-for-Gey-II fought right along with him. Just under 70 teammates participated in the 2008 Red Hills Triathlon, raising approximately $60,000.
At the beginning of 2009, Professor Gey continued to battle ALS. He had promised the original Tri-for-Gey Team that as long as they kept swimming, biking, and running, he would keep living. Accordingly, on April 4, 65 members of Tri-for-Gey-III will once again participate in the Red Hills Triathlon, and celebrate with Professor Gey afterwards in his backyard. The team members hope that at that celebration, they can announce to their professor that they have raised $150,000 over the past three years for ALS TDI in his honor.
To help the team reach its goal, visit www.active.com/donate/Tri-For-Gey-III and select an individual fundraiser to support. A list of team members is available by clicking on the “Search” button under Professor Gey’s picture.