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Randy Smith, who is riding across the country to bring awareness to ALS and raise money for hospice, sits on his motorcycle along the shore of Lake Okabena. (Beth Rickers/Daily Globe)

Ride of his life: Texas man raises awareness for ALS, money for hospice

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For almost a month, Silas “Randy” Smith has been riding his motorcycle across the country and talking about his wife Sophia and the losing battle she fought with ALS.


In the midst of those frequent conversations, he still gets choked up and tears run down his cheeks when he speaks about the disease that claimed her life.

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Beth Rickers
Beth Rickers is the veteran in the newspaper staff with 25 years as the Daily Globe's Features Editor. Interests include cooking, traveling and beer tasting and making with her home-brewing husband, Bryan. She writes an Area Voices blog called Lagniappe, which is a Creole term that means "a little something extra." It can be found at  
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