Team Mark's Madness joined RTB in 2015 to ride in memory of Mark Landers. Mark was an avid cyclist, who died from lung cancer at age 45 years old on December 2014. Mark had a persistent cough for two years, misdiagnosed as "allergies" or "sports induced asthma" by several medical specialists. In 2013, his lung collapsed and he faced the shocking diagnosis of stage 4 lung cancer. Mark did not fit the profile of a lung cancer patient; he was young, athletic, never smoked and had a very healthy lifestyle.
We are riding to represent all those who suffer from lung disease, especially those who are close to our heart. Together, we can change the stigma of lung cancer. The American Lung Association is working with Lung Force to raise awareness for early detection screening and increased federal funding for lung cancer research. With enough research dollars, it is our hope they can increase the survival rate of lung cancer. Currently, the 5 year survival rate for lung cancer is about 17%.
The community support our team receives in the form of new riders and donations each year clearly represents the legacy of a great man that left us too soon. Your continued generosity would mean a lot to all those who benefit from the work of the American Lung Association.
To help support the efforts of Team Mark’s Madness, and to change the stigma of lung cancer, please click on the Donate button.