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By LuAnn Schindler

Cross country bicycle ride raises awareness for ALS


Faith King | SAM

Ride for a cure • (l-r): Rich Bennet, of Michigan, and Michael Myers, of Massachusetts stopped in Clearwater, Tuesday. Myers is on a cross-country journey to raise funds for ALS One and Friends of Leo.

Michael Myers had been on the job only one month when he learned the story of co-worker, Leo Cooney, and knew he had to make a difference.

A package arrived on a job site, a rarity in the electrical business. Inside, a baseball cap with a Friends of Leo logo.

Inquisitive, Myers asked about the significance of the cap.

Co-workers shared Cooney's story and it hit home.

"It hit me kind of hard because my dad had MS, a different disease but fairly similar, it affects the nervous system," Myers said.

His dad lived with MS for 35 years.

"ALS moves very fast. It's two to five years.

As an electrician...

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