Gene Connolly is my friend and inspiration. He is the principal of Concord High School where he continues to motivate the student body and staff on a daily basis. Mr. Connolly was diagnosed with ALS in July 2014. While his life has become increasingly complicated as a result of the challenges he faces, he has remained on the job and loves every minute of it. Unfortunately this will be his last year due to his health decline. Connolly has been a huge role model to thousands of students with his optimism and his positive message to “live for the moment because you don’t know how many tomorrows you have” has made an impact on many.

In September 2014, the Concord community came together for a 5K walk, which raised an incredible $25,000 for the ALS Foundation. In 2015 the 2nd annual Connolly Tough walk became more personal and raised over $60,000 for the Connolly Family. The Connolly Fund’s purpose is to help the Connolly family with lofty expenses, beyond what is covered by medical insurance, as they adjust their lives, and their home, to accommodate Gene’s health needs.

We have decided to a bike across the country, starting at the coast of San Francisco, California and finishing on the coast of New Hampshire at Seabrook Beach. We will begin our 4,500 mile trek at the end of May and hope to finish mid July. Mr. Connolly is our inspiration and we want to show him that we have learned from his example and we want to give back to someone who has given so much of himself to his students and community. We’re so excited to start this crazy, once in a lifetime, journey! Please support our cause!

 

Below are a few videos of Gene and the impact he has had on the Concord community.