Why we ride...

Why We Ride Page - Linda We are inspired to share the story of Linda Lettieri, wife of Paul Lettieri and sister of Janet Hittle, who lost her battle with ALS in 2007. More than ten years later, in her memory, Team Linda and Marvin continue to raise awareness and funding every year as team captains at the Napa Valley Ride to Defeat ALS and Walk. We are so proud to have them as supporters of The ALS Association Golden West Chapter.



Why We Ride Page - Ryan

Ryan Farnsworth was diagnosed with ALS in 2015 at the age of 29. He continues to live his life to the fullest and sees his diagnosis as an opportunity to develop an expanded sense of love, joy, gratitude, and peace. Ryan is the author of a book of poems and inspirational thoughts entitled, “Seeds of Light Sown.”




Why We Ride Page - Sue Fox

Sue Fox, a mother of two and an active member of the community, was diagnosed with ALS in 1990 and lost her brave battle four years later. Her son, Blair, has continued to fight against the disease by helping the ALS community through his work as the Co-Chair of the The ALS Association Golden West Chapter - Young Professionals Group (as well as volunteering at our Walks to Defeat ALS and Ride to Defeat ALS).






Matt Chaney is the epitome of the phrase "Never Give Up". Since his ALS diagnosis in 2000 at the age of 40, Matt has participated in many local and national efforts including: Major League Baseball's "4ALS" initiative with the San Francisco Giants; the Californita Tax Check off, which raised over $600,000 for ALS research; many youth community outreach efforts including the "Runs for ALS" Lafayette Little League campaign; and the Napa Valley Ride to Defeat ALS and Walk. Matt was celebrated in 2016 with the Spirit Award for his extraordinary determination and efforts in the areas of advocacy, fundraising and public awareness. He currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Napa Valley Ride to Defeat ALS and Walk.





Kay Thomas served her country as a US Army Sergeant from 1974-1977. Kay was diagnosed with ALS in 2002, and works tirelessly to raise awareness about the challenges facing veterans with ALS. She and her family became dedicated supporters of the Napa Valley Ride to Defeat ALS and Walk. Kay and her husband, Phil, were being honored with the "Commitment to Care" Award at The ALS Association Golden West Chapter's Champions for Care and a Cure celebration in 2017. You may have seen them at the finish line handing out beads to welcome participants back to the Veterans Home.