Miron Golfman, a 28-year-old bicycle mechanic who lives in Anchorage, is in San Diego where he will embark on a 1,560-mile ultra-endurance solo bike tour of the Baja California Peninsula to raise funds for the ALS Association.
Golfman said he has already raised $ 20,000 in pledges and hopes to top the $ 50,000 donation.
He is scheduled to begin his hike on Saturday, January 1st at 12:01 am from Tecate, Baja California. Golfman plans to ride the Baja Divide, a route of dirt and sand roads that connects the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez.
He hopes to get to Cabo San Luis in about two weeks.
It will be the second time Golfman has driven along the Baja Divide: “It took me about 40 days from late February to April 2021,” Golfman said.
“But this time, I hope I can finish it in 10 to 15 days, which would be a record for the fastest known time. I’ve been training about 20 hours a week for several months. I will think of my uncle every kilometer along the way. “
The Vermont-born Golfman will ride in honor of his Boston uncle Bruce Rosenblum, who has ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a progressive neurological disease often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Golfman, who served as Rosenblum’s main carer for three months (September to December) in 2020, will be accompanied on the bike tour by three videographers, including his cousin Aaron, the son of Bruce Rosenblum. ALS officials hope to release the documentary film of Golfman’s rides in May 2022 during ALS Awareness Month.
Golfman is also scheduled for mid-December 2022 in San Diego at the ALS Association National Congress.
Rosenblum was diagnosed with ALS in 2017. Prior to diagnosis, he led an active life that included skiing and kayaking.
“I stopped these activities three years ago, but with help I was still able to steer a small sailboat,” said Rosenblum. “Today I use speech recognition instead of typing, I travel very short distances on foot and spend my days in a motorized wheelchair.”
As a Rosenblum Caregiver, Golfman added, “During my time supporting my Uncle Bruce, I developed a thorough understanding of the devastating effects of ALS on patients and their families. I came with a newfound desire to live life to the fullest and not delay my lifelong dreams of athletics and cycling. I’m making the trip to raise awareness about disabilities and raise awareness of the global fight against ALS. ”
Donations can be made online at www.ridetoendure.com.
ALS, often called Lou Gehrig’s disease, named after the New York Yankee baseball player who died of ALS in 1941 at the age of 37, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects neurons or nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. The progressive degeneration of motor neurons in people with ALS weakens muscles and affects physical function.
Eventually, people with ALS lose the ability to initiate and control muscle movement, which usually leads to complete paralysis. The life expectancy of a person with ALS is two to five years after the first symptoms are diagnosed. There is no cure, cause, or life-extending treatment for the disease.