As a member of the Greater Derry Track Club, DiSalvo also immersed himself in many efforts to support charities including a Boston Marathon team that raised money and awareness for the National Kidney Foundation.
When his marathon efforts stopped, DiSalvo said he missed helping people.
The bike event will put him back in the saddle to raise money and also hits home as one of his older brothers is autistic, as is a nephew.,
“This really makes the cause personal,” he said, “and has inspired me to give it everything I’ve got.”
Putting his mission on a course over several years is also a tribute to those with autism.
“I know that battling autism and all its challenges isn’t a one-day, one-week, or one-year struggle for families affected,” DiSalvo said. “That’s why I thought it was appropriate to set up a long-term campaign with a series of three events with lots of preparation and training in between.”
To support DiSalvo’s mission, visit http://fundraise.autismspeaks.org the search “Three Stage Tour” to find the correct page.