Wall Street Rides FAR is an annual series of charity bike rides benefiting the Autism Science Foundation. Launched in 2015 by Bryan and Melissa Harkins, both Wall Street veterans, the event sends professionals from across the financial services industry on a variety of scenic routes through Westchester County, ranging from 20 miles all the way up to 62 miles.
The riders who donate their money and time to the ride are often fierce rivals in their day-to-day lives, but on Saturday, October 5, they will lay down their arms and join together for a truly worthy cause. Forefront Communications spoke to seven of these riders about their backgrounds, motivations for riding and connections to the cause. Here are their stories, in their own words.
Ana Kolevzon, Team Kolevzon
My family and I are thrilled to be returning for our fifth Wall Street Rides FAR. We love riding bikes together, but the thing that keeps Team Kolevzon coming back is the great cause—for us, supporting autism research is a family affair.
My passion for autism research comes from my cousin, who has autism. Watching my cousin struggle with everyday activities and transitioning to adulthood made me want to raise money for this cause, so that future generations of people with autism will have an easier road. Also, my dad—he and my sister round out our three-person team—is an autism researcher, so our family has a firsthand perspective on the huge impact good research can have and the importance of funding these efforts.