Rob's Ride is Aug. 11

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Editor's note: The following story is from Renea Anderson of Seaton who is battling ALS. She is also holding a benefit fund raiser, Robs Ride Aug. 11 in memory of her sister Robin Laughlin who died from ALS.

I grew up on a farm with two sisters and two brothers. I was the second of the five. Rhonda, Renea, Robin, Randy and Ronnie.

I married my high school sweetheart and we had 3 children. Our two daughters were with me at the WQAD interview, Toni Weeks and Joni Anderson.

Our son, Evan lives in California. We have five grandchildren.

In October 2003, my younger sister, Robin was diagnosed with ALS. She passed away in less than 2 years in August of 2005 at the age of 49.   I was diagnosed in June 2011 with Bulbar ALS that starts with  tongue and throat when I was 58 years old.  I think I had the symptoms over a year before that. My goal is to see my youngest seven year old grandson graduate from high school. Who knows maybe I will live until I'm 80 or more. Anything is possible with the research MDA supports.

I am very active. I served on the Seaton Public Library for many years. Was the secretary of the SPARKS committee that raised funds for the Seaton park equipment. I am a member of the Mercer County Women for Women. So when I started going to the ALS support group and met all the wonderful people at the Davenport MDA office I jumped in with both feet. I have gained so many friends.  The 2012 Muscle Walk for MDA was new to me but our little group, the Morrison Clan, raised over $1000 of the over $40,000 raised and are excited about trying to do a lot better in 2013.

MDA night at the River Bandits had me throwing out one of the first pitches. I had about 19 of my family with me and we really enjoyed the fun night. I helped with the MDA Lock up at the Outing Club in Davenport earlier this summer and shared my story. I have been asked to help with the Rock Island MDA lock up at Huckleberry's this coming week.

The MDA SHOW of STRENGTH will be Sunday, September 2nd from 7-10 pm (formally known as the MDA Labor Day Telethon on WQAD. Strength will feature Carrie Underwood, B.O.B., and many famous artists. It will feature stories of strength. My story is going to be told on WQAD. Our family will also be recognized for the funds we raised for the Muscle Walk and will be presenting the check from the 7th annual Rob's Ride.

Muscular Dystrophy Association fights all muscle diseases. I am participating in a new drug trial to slow the progression of ALS through the University of Iowa Hospitals. They think I am doing exceptionally well in maintaining my strength.

Renea Anderson

Info on Robs Ride

The seventh anniver- sary Robs Ride benefit poker run for MDA will be held Aug. 11, 2012, rain or shine. The ride is in memory of Robin Laughlin. Sign-up is at Tweety's in Keithsburg from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. with a $10 entry fee per person. Eighty percent of proceeds goes back to MDA, with the remaining 20 percent going to prizes -- 60 percent for first place, 40 percent for sec- ond place and third place prize return of entry fee. The ride continues to Joy (Boondocks), Aledo (Legends), Andalusia (Ducky's), Reynolds (Geronimo's), Viola (KJ's Kickstand) and Aledo (Beer Belly's).

Last bike in at 6:30 p.m. Stay and party after- wards at Beer Belly's with a hog roast and street dance.