Students from ESTEEM (Engineering, Science, & Technology Entrepreneurship Excellence Master’s Program) at Notre Dame are organizing the 2017 Road To Discovery event: a two-day bike ride on May 16 and 17, 2017, that will start in Notre Dame, Ind., head to Chicago, Ill., and circle back to Notre Dame.

 The goal of the annual Road to Discovery bike rides are to raise funds and awareness for the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Fund (APMRF) at Notre Dame, which is dedicated to finding a treatment or cure for Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC) disease. Throughout the history of these rides we have visited over 150 cities, held over 125 events, been featured in myriad news stories and articles, and raised more than $1 million for NPC disease research.

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This will be the 7th annual Road to Discovery bike ride, and the students’ goal is to raise $75,000.

Road to Discovery Chicago Events 
Tuesday, May 16 

Road to Discovery Cocktail Reception at the Gage Restaurant: 5:30-8:00 p.m.

Please join us for a cocktail reception at the Gage (24 South Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL). This is an opportunity to hear from Cindy Parseghian about the Parseghian family’s fight to find a cure for Niemann-Pick Type C Disease (NPC), and learn more about how ESTEEM students are helping to raise funds for this cause.

Cindy Parseghian is a University of Notre Dame Trustee and founder of the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation.

*The evening reception is complimentary for all attendees.   

Road To Discovery Cycling Opportunity: 2:00-5:00 p.m.Untitled

If you feel up to the challenge, on Tuesday, May 16th, from 2:00-5:00 p.m., you can actually ride alongside the students. It’s a 30-mile jaunt before the reception, from Millennium Park, to Hammond, Ind., and back to Millennium Park.

Those who wish to participate in cycling with the students as they ride into Chicago will gather at the corner of Jackson and Michigan Avenue (across from the Santa Fe Building and the southwest corner of the Art Institute) between 2:00-2:30 p.m. From there, the riders will cycle to Hammond (Specifically, to the Walmart parking lot located at 1100 5th Ave., Hammond.) to connect with the ESTEEM student riders. The group will then cycle back to downtown Chicago (Millennium Park).

For riders, a suggested donation of $300 to the Parseghian Fund at Notre Dame is appreciated, which is equivalent to $10/mile (for alumni who graduated after 2011, the suggested donation is $150). Those who make a gift will have the option of purchasing a 2017 Road to Discovery Cycling Jersey and Bib Shorts for $150. *Your gift is credited your annual giving to Notre Dame.

There are bike racks in front of the Gage and Millennium Park. You can also store your bikes at the Palmer House Hilton (one block from the Gage). 

Those who wish to ride will also need to sign a waiver.

We hope that you can attend the reception, the ride, or BOTH! 

*Again, the evening reception is free to attend, but for those who want to ride we are suggesting a donation.

Please reach out to Sean Kassen at if you have additional questions.