Welcome to Pedal & Swing

We are Rosi Rodriguez and Perry Pedersen, wife-and-husband, who know firsthand how dancing and bicycling make the world a happier, healthier place. We also know firsthand about two dance-hindering, bike-hindering diseases – MS (multiple sclerosis) and ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or “Lou Gehrig’s disease”). So although we’ve been MS Society fundraisers for nearly 20 years, two recent events compelled us to create Pedal & Swing, and to include BOTH the ALS Association and the MS Society in our fundraising activities. In April 2013, Rosi’s son, Erik, was diagnosed with MS. The year prior to Erik's diagnosis, Carolyn, a woman responsible for bringing our neighborhood together was diagnosed with ALS. And in early 2015, a “dance pal,” Eleanor, was also diagnosed with ALS.

Mission

The Pedal & Swing mission is to facilitate donations to the MS Society in honor of Erik, and the ALS Association, in honor of Eleanor and Carolyn, to support those affected by these diseases, and to support research for finding cures, by bicycling and dancing.

History

2016: Pedal & Swing’s inaugural “event” began on March 5, 2016, when we set-off from San Diego; Perry on his bicycle and Rosi driving the support vehicle. We pedaled-and-danced across the southern US, arriving in St. Augustine, FL, 3,000 miles later, on April 8, just in time for a USA Dance (Greater Daytona Chapter) fundraiser on April 9. And along the way, supporters pledged donations based on such things as the number of miles bicycled, the number of different dance partners, the number of states traversed, etc., based on their relationship(s) with those affected by MS and ALS. So after pedaling from ocean to ocean, over mountain passes, across deserts, around flooded rivers, along interstate freeways, through backwoods and bayous; and dancing in country bars, formal ballrooms, driveways, parking lots and cafés, supporters donated nearly $10,000 to the MS Society or ALS Association, facilitated by Pedal & Swing.

2017: Our great home state of New Mexico provided the backdrop for last year’s Pedal & Swing fundraising activities; a 16.5-day, 1,650-mile bicycle journey around the entire state, beginning on March 22 in Taos, and finishing on April 8 in Albuquerque. As during the previous year, Rosi alone drove the support vehicle. But Perry was joined by other bicyclists for 6 of the 17 segments, including Rosi’s son, Erik! On Day 8 of the bicycle journey, a rest day, the Ruidoso Dancers hosted TWO fundraising dances to support our Pedal & Swing mission. A fundraising dance and silent auction on April 9 provided the exclamation mark to the 2017 Pedal & Swing activities. Similar to the previous year, between the ALS Association and MS Society, about $10,000 was raised via Pedal & Swing activities.

2018:(Click the 2018 Events tab at the top of this page to see what Pedal & Swing activities are planned for this year!)