Farmingville, NY – On Monday, June 21, the Town of Brookhaven dedicated Grandview Boulevard in Miller Place in honor of former resident Chris Pendergast. Mr. Pendergast died on October 14, 2020 after a 30-year battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He was the founder of the nonprofit charity “Ride for Life,” which has helped to raise $10 million. During the annual “Ride for Life,” Mr. Prendergast would ride his motorized wheelchair hundreds of miles to raise money and awareness of the disease. His longest ride was 350 miles in two weeks. The street dedication ceremony, held on Global ALS Awareness Day, was attended by over 100 people, including Mr. Pendergast’s family, friends, neighbors, Brookhaven Town and Suffolk County officials. Pictured at left (left) to right are Brookhaven Town Highway Superintendent Dan Losquadro; Chris’ wife, Christine Pendergast, Chris's daughter, Melissa Scriven; his grandson Patrick Scali; and Councilwoman Jane Bonner. Pictured at right is the street sign for “Chris Pendergast Path” after the unveiling.
ALS Ride For Life was founded in 1997 as a patient-driven, volunteer organization with the mission of raising research funds to find a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), supporting patients and their families through patient services, raising public awareness and providing the community with the latest ALS news, information and inspiration. For more information about the “Ride for Life” charity, go to www.alsrideforlife.org.