A & J Cycles | : Open House : Gallery | : Rahoul Ghose

Sunshine and a steady flow of bikes greeted organizers of the A & J Cycles Open House, June 29 at the shop's Hillburn, NY headquarters. This year's event was particularly poignant for owner Brian Ballard and his wife Allysa, with proceeds from the company's raffle benefiting the Angioma Alliance. At seven, their daughter Angela was diagnosed with a cavernous angioma after showing signs of tremors in her right hand, a prognosis which called for risky brain surgery. Removal of the angioma was successful and Angela has had a remarkable recovery. But it was support from the Angioma Alliance which helped the Ballard family through a very difficult time. June is in fact International Cavernous Angioma month.

"They helped us to manage expectations both pre- and post-surgery, and just by giving us someone to talk to," Ballard says "They do a lot of good with offering families genetic testing free of charge -- which is pricey -- and various other services."

Through the generosity of many of A & J Cycle's distributors, who provided some nice raffle prizes, and the many attendees on Saturday, the open house raised more than $5,500 for the Angioma Alliance, who were represented by Darla Clarke-Clayton at the draw. The Angioma Alliance can be found online at: angioma.org. Consider making a donation.