About Us

Cory Edward Stalling
Birthday: 06/25/2000
Cory is eleven years old and is in the fifth grade at Paxson Elementary in Missoula, Montana.
Cory loves to read. He reads National Geographic from cover to cover with full comprehension. He dreams of going to distant places, Africa is at the top of his list because he wants to see exotic animals like elephants, giraffes, hippos and lions to name a few. He is curious about other cultures and languages and the ways people live beyond the United States. He plans to become a photographer for National Geographic when he grows up. Cory is always thinking about the adventures he will have when he grows up. He has done a fair amount of travelling already, to Connecticut, Arizona, Washington, Ohio, Oregon, California, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Minnesota and even Mexico; he loves to go places.
Cory is a world-class animal lover. He always hugs his dog Mojo and Snowflake the cat before he leaves for school in the morning. He can’t walk past an animal without asking the owner if he can pat their dog and then he asks the name, the breed, and many other questions before the pet and owner are able to continue on their way. Cory participates in hippotherapy, or therapeutic horseback riding, although he really wants to get out of the arena and ride fast through the fields without anyone holding him back. He always gives his horse a hug when he is finished riding and whispers his thanks.
Cory is an artist; he has notebooks filled with his pictures. Hand him a pen and a piece of paper and he is a happy guy. Cory is a speller; he placed fourth in the Paxson Elementary spelling bee this year. He has plans to become a world class speller. Cory loves to laugh and is a little comedian. He doesn’t like to get too serious and loves to joke around; his big smile is almost always ready to appear. Cory is a storyteller; he writes wonderful essays about his travels, his favorite pets, his favorite hikes, and the people he loves.
Cory likes to hike, ride his bike, play tennis, play catch, and swing in his tire swing. He sometimes struggles to do these things and he tires easily. Cory was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy when he was eight years old. After his diagnosis, Cory was prescribed steroid treatment which reduced the falling tremendously, but it does not stop the progression of this muscle wasting disease.  Cory now understands a little better why he is physically unable to do many things other boys his age are able to do, but he does not let Duchenne stop him from trying. Cory is an extremely tenacious, curious, and intelligent young man who just happens to have Duchenne.

 Arlen Hall
Arlen Hall is the first African American to head the tours department at Adventure Cycling Association, the largest cycling nonprofit organization in North America, head quartered in Missoula MT. For almost fifteen years, Arlen has organized and led bicycle-touring trips for middle school and high school students, forming a small non-profit in 1998 dedicated to empowering teens through bicycle travel. Since 2006, Arlen has led several tours for Adventure Cycling in his free time and assisted on countless others including tours on the Southern Tier and the Underground Railroad bicycle routes. In 2011, Arlen signed on as Tours Director for Adventure Cycling Association’s tours department. He has crossed the country by bicycle four times and has logged more than 40,000 miles on his saddle. Arlen now oversees 57 cycling tours nationwide.
In 2007, he was touched by those affected by Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and has turned his cycling abilities to help find treatments and a cure for boys afflicted with DMD. Arlen loves to ride,eat, and have fun. He is 54 and has two adult sons, Chris and Brandon.

 Mac Sullivan
I was born on June 7, 1995 in Missoula Montana; I have lived here all of my life (except one year). For my fourth grade year, my family moved down south to Lafayette, Louisiana. Living down there was quite the experience for me but it made me realize how lucky I have it in Missoula where you are actually allowed to ride your bike to school. At the end of the year, we moved back, partially because my mom received a job at Adventure Cycling Association. When we got back to Missoula, my family as a whole began riding our bikes more often, and from there my interest in biking grew. I have done one tour in Colorado with my mom and dad, but nothing as amazing and life changing as this ride will be. Through my mom, I have become kind of a bicycle activist, I try to ride my bike wherever I can; plus my family does not even own a car. I have wanted to bike across the country for some time and I couldn't think of a better companion to go come with me than Drew Gottman. Through this ride, I hope to show people that it is possible to ride bikes, or at least use some form of alternate transportation, to go long distances, even if you are young. I also want to spread awareness of Duchenne and even though these kids may not be able to ride a bike on their own, I would like to ride for them. I am biking so that one day, everyone will be able to ride.

Drew Gottman
I was born on April 13, 1995 in Greenville, South Carolina; however I have been essentially raised in Missoula, Montana for most of my life. I am currently a junior at Hellgate High School, and run for Hellgate Cross Country. In addition to running, I love to bike, swim, and watch classic movies. I decided to bike across the country when Mac Sullivan, my best friend, approached me one day with the idea. Now, I prepare to ride for someone who can't - Cory Stalling. Cory is an extraordinary 11 year old kid who is afflicted with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy - a degenerative, genetic muscular condition in which the muscles in the body break down. This also includes the cardiac muscles, so a patient with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy usually dies around 25-30 years of age. I hope that no matter how tired I am, no matter how beat up I am, no matter how much I want to quit, that Cory can provide the needed inspiration for me to continue. 

Ty Miller
My name is Ty Miller. I am a 21-year-old college student at The University of Kansas studying Mechanical Engineering, with a concentration in Biomechanics. I have been an active member in within the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and am a volunteer counselor for MDA camp. Last year I rode as a Leader in Training for the 2011 JettRide, and will be returning again this year as a Leader. Mac and Drew contacted me about a month ago, as they were looking for someone to accompany them on their cross-country ride on behalf of Cory, spreading awareness and raising funds for the families and communities that have been affected with Duchenne. Because of my passion for biking and adventure, there was no way that I could turn down this incredible opportunity to ride almost 2,000 miles (not including the other 1,500 miles that we'll be biking for JettRide, too!) with these two incredible guys. I am more excited for this summer than for any other summer before, and I can't wait to see where it takes us, and the people that we'll meet along the way.

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