May 20, 2016 2:12 PM

'Connolly Tough': Brothers biking across US for ALS to honor Concord High principal

CONCORD - It's going to a long trek, but for a pair of Concord brothers, it will be worth it for a good cause.

Derek, 21, and Dylan, 18, Thompson are riding their bikes across the country for Concord High School Principal Gene Connolly, who suffers from ALS - also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

Derek just graduated from Emerson College but previously attended Concord High.

The duo will fly to San Francisco on Saturday and begin their 4,500 mile trip Sunday.

Derek said their bikes weigh about 30 pounds and their supplies weigh another 60. They will camp along their route and bathe in streams and rivers - as well as take advantage of the hospitality of some who have offered their homes along the way.

They expect to complete their journey in 50 days.

The brothers have raised more than $3,700 with a goal of $20,000.

You can support the duo by donating to the cause on their website. You'll also be able to track them on their trip there, too.


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