By Mark Curtis

 or Twitter: @markcurtisABC6

Instead of the “Ice-Bucket Challenge” people were using pedal power today to help those with ALS.

Dozens got on their stationary bikes and rode for hours at Ocean State Health and Fitness in East Greenwich.

The bike-a-thon benefits the Blazeman Foundation for ALS research. It was founded in honor of local school teacher and tri-athlete, Jon Blais, who died from ALS at the age of 35. His loved ones want to help find a cure for what's known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

"In 2005 when he was introduced at the Ironman, Al Trautwig said, 'Jon Blais is facing a death sentence.' Because there is no treatment, there's no meaningful treatment. There is no cure. You will die. No one has ever walked away from ALS," explained Robert Blais, Jon's father.

Debbie and Mike Chennisi of Ocean State Health and Fitness say, "As far as the understanding of what it entails, and the money we need to help find a cure, someday. This is what it's all about."

ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis and ABC6 Sports Director Ken Bell participated in the event.

Ocean State Health and Fitness is donating a portion of new memberships in March to ALS research.

For more information on ALS and how you can help, visit

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