Noah Schwartz, owner and chef at Noah's in Greenport, is helping to raise funds for Team ALS, individuals running the New York City marathon to benefit the ALS Association, Greater New York chapter.
Through the end of the month, Noah's is serving a special cocktail, "The Cure," with ten percent of proceeds to benefit Team ALS.
To donate to Team ALS, click here. On the page, Colleen Donohue Ruggiero wrote, "This fall I’m going to be running in the NYC Marathon on November 3 with my sister Tara (Donohue) and sister-in-law Marissa (Ruggiero). This will be my third marathon and each time I've chosen a charity that sits close to my heart – this year is no exception. I was fortunate enough to make it onto Team ALS, which I will be running in honor of my brother-in-law's dad, Ed Grossman and in memory of a dear friend's grandmother, Olga Desciscio.
"Training for a marathon takes a lot of physical and mental determination and I will be especially motivated by knowing that it will benefit such a worthy cause and thinking of Ed and Olga will make each mile worth running."
This is the second time in recent weeks North Fork residents have come together to battle ALS.
Recently, Schwartz and other top chefs came together in "A Love Shared" event to help Gerry Hayden, chef and co-founder of Southold's North Fork Table, known for its culinary excellence, in his fight against ALS.
According to the ALS Association, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, "is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord."
As motor neurons degenerate and die, the ability of the brain to control muscle movement is lost, and patients may become totally paralyzed and have difficulty breathing, the site states.
Hayden, who will be 49 in November, was diagnosed with ALS three years ago.
"This disease is devastating," Hayden said. "It's really horrible. It takes everything from you, except for your brain, which is still intact."
The award-winning chef has lost the use of his hands and can no longer work in his renowned kitchen.
He is also wheelchair bound and on a machine to help him breath.
Despite the fact that the disease is so debilitating, Hayden said not much is known about ALS.
"This disease needs so much more attention," he said. "No one even really remembers who Lou Gehrig is anymore. They have no idea how absolutely cruel this disease is."