The seventh annual rideATAXIA Chicago bike event will be held July 22 in Channahon.
The fundraiser benefits the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to research leading to treatments and a cure for Friedreich's ataxia, according to the event's website. FA is a debilitating, life-shortening degenerative neuro-muscular disorder.
Paul Hook, a mother of two daughters with FA, Katie, 19, and Carli, 21, said the event is important to her and her family.
“This event means everything to us,” Hook said. “It's wonderful to see everyone and to see all the money being raised toward research because research is all we have right now.”
The event will offer one, four, 12, 27 and 50-mile cycling routes on scenic country roads across Channahon, Morris and Minooka.
“With no treatment or cure, it makes it tough to deal with it, but this event helps,” Hook said.
As of now, the teams signed up with rideATAXIA have raised a total of $52,228.
“Our goal for this year is to raise $150,000,” event organizer Becky Young said.