Over the past few years we’ve seen doctors and researchers making incredible advancements in treating ALS. While there’s still no cure, the popularity of the Ice Bucket Challenge in the summer of 2014 resulted in an incredible $115 million raised in just six weeks.
The successful campaign, spearheaded by former Boston College baseball captain Pete Frates, allowed researchers to make advancements in treating the disease; but the costs of living with ALS can still be overwhelming.
That’s why the Boston skateboard community came together at the end of July for the fourth annual Roll for Rob skate jam and art show. Boston skaters supported one of their own as all proceeds went Rob Pontes and his family as Rob battles the progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects neurons in the brain and the spinal cord.
Real skateboards also showed their support, selling a custom “Roll for Rob” deck with portions of the proceeds going directly to the Pontes family. Skaters came out in droves to support the great cause.
“It is truly amazing to see how many skaters came together to help out a fellow skater. Every year the number of supporters grow and the reach we have gets stronger, so we knew we had to make the 4th Roll for Rob our best one yet,” Andrew Kim, Real’s East Coast sales rep said. “Thank you Skateboarding and Skateboarders for all the support.”
The weekend kicked off with a benefit art show at the Orchard Skate Shop in Allston Friday with works by Mark Gonzales, Todd Francis, Russ Pope, Jay Croft, Jason Jessee, and others auctioned off to support the cause.
On Saturday the action moved to the Lynch Family skatepark in Cambridge for an all-day skate jam, raffles, and mini competitions. Pros form Real, Krooked, Spitfire, and others were also on hand to show their support.
Check out the TransWorld video recap of the action below and if you’d like you can still donate to the Pontes family by visiting the Go Fund Me page.