The Bannons ride for their brother, Chuck, who died of ALS

By William K. Alcorn


For the fifth year in a row, the Youngstown-based Team Bannon will bike the Tri-State Trek, a 270-mile, three-day ride from Boston to New York City, on July 19, 20 and 21, to raise money to help find a cure for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Team Bannon began in 2009 after Breen Bannon of Cornersburg and his sister, Lisa Bannon of Glen Ridge, N.J., lost their brother, Chuck, to ALS after a three-year battle, at which time they vowed to continue riding to raise awareness and money to find a cure or treatment for ALS. Team Bannon has grown to eight riders, including Lisa’s 14-year-old daughter, Nell, and been renamed Crush ALS/Team Bannon.

Breen Bannon, manager of commercial relationships at Farmers National Bank, said the money raised is making a difference. ALS TDI, the Boston-based research lab that sponsors and uses funds from the trek, developed a potential treatment and launched its first human clinical trial by enrolling patients in four centers across the country. Lisa Bannon is an editor at the Wall Street Journal in New York City.

Last year, Team Bannon exceeded its fundraising goal by raising more than $25,000 and making it one of the trek’s top fundraisers. This year, Team Bannon’s goal is $25,000 which would enable it to surpass $100,000 since its members began riding in 2009.

Breen Bannon asked that people support Team Bannon’s efforts by contributing at this link — — or by sending a check or money order made out to Tri-State Trek/Breen Bannon to 3478 Bentwillow Lane, Youngstown, Ohio 44511 or give it to him in person.

“Thank you in advance. You make a difference. I am proud and humbled by your generosity. Never give up,” Bannon said.

Follow Team Bannon’s ride on its Facebook page at h location=timeline.

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