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.
The Pedal & Swing mission is to facilitate donations to the MS Society in
honor of Erik, and to 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.
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. (See More)