'Bob's Beer Bash' to fight ALS at Excelsior Brewing Co.

Bob Beidel's friend Dave Sowden embarked on a 1,433-mile bike journey two weeks ago called "Ride Over ALS." It had two purposes: to raise money for his friend, but more importantly, to raise awareness of Lou Gehrig's disease, more commonly known as ALS.

Beidel has been fighting ALS for nine years, a rare nervous system disease that weakens muscles over time. Sowden and a few other riders started their trip in New Orleans, and traveled up the Mississippi River into Wisconsin and culminated the trip in Minneapolis on Saturday afternoon. Beidel, family, friends and supporters met Sowden and his fellow riders for a celebration at Target Field Station.

"I hear all the time, I can't imagine what it's like to be in Bobby's position! I will never understand what Debbie has to go through every day. Well some of us can imagine! Some of us do understand! Some of us are willing to help!" Sowden said.

On Sunday afternoon, they capped off the weekend with "Bob's Beer Bash" at the Excelsior Brewing Company from 6 to 11 p.m. with music by local artist Tim Mahoney. The fight is far from over, but a 1,400-mile bike ride to raise awareness is a powerful start.

To help, visit www.gofundme.com/bobs-story

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