I am a 33-year-old moderate asthmatic, who has worked really hard to conquer my breathing and become an active runner. I have successfully finished multiple half marathons and marathons and am working my way up to ultras. During some down time due to an injury, I started cycling more frequently and now, years later, I'm hooked. I commute to work in Seattle via bike, and trained to ride 80 miles for Reach the Beach in 2014. I was in a cycling accident the week before Reach the Beach, fracturing my left elbow. I completed the ride, but from the 28 mile start. Then, I successfully completed the 2015 92 miles Ride Around the Sound. I got off my bike at the finish line and signed up for 2016's Ride around the Sound to support the American Lung Association. And again, for the 2017 Washington Reach the Beach. Now I am signed up to Reach the Beach in 2018. I hope my efforts will once again garner awareness and support for the ALA's worthy lung-related research and education programs.
As someone who has had to work around my lungs to do all the things I love, who has been frustrated by the limitations of my own body, this is a cause close to my heart.
But the the money we raise in this process isn't just about asthma research. It will support ALA’s tobacco cessation programs. It will fund their gallant research to cure lung cancer and other diseases such as COPD, emphysema and tuberculosis. And the big concern in my native Seattle and for me as an outdoor-loving asthmatic: it will even maintain efforts to reduce and eliminate air pollution, second hand smoke and other environmental health concerns.
Please join me in going the extra mile to raise awareness and support for Ride Around The Sound to reach our goal. Join or donate today athttp://www.RideAroundTheSound.org to help me, along with the American Lung Association, continue the FIGHT FOR AIR.
Thank you for your support. You are making a difference.