On May 1st, this coming Sunday, I will be joining hundreds of other cyclists to ride in the 2016 Cycle The Seacoast Trekt. As a Stage IV lung cancer survivor, I am proud to support the efforts of the American Lung Associations efforts in the areas of; Research to find better detection, treatment and cures. Fighting Air Polution both indoors and out for making breathing easier. And Tobacco, kills nearly one half million people each year, the ALA is committed to ending the death and disease caused by tobbaco use.
I am privileged to have had the opportunity participate in this very worthy cause and hope you will consider donating to my efforts. I have been very fortunate to have been given a wonderful oncology team at the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, along with many good friends, including those I meet at the Nashua YMCA. As a cancer survivor, I have a new perspective on this horrible disease. As a former smoker, it brings a new understanding of my own mortality and my own contribution to my present condition. I have a very strong desire to see the complete cessation of tobacco smoking.
Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer of both men and women today, and it's sad to say that it does not get as much attention as it deserves. Kids and adults today are like I was as a smoker; "It'll never happen to me." Another alarming fact is that lung disease is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Please join me in my efforts to make a difference by making a personal or corporate tax-deductible donation. Ask your HR Department about matching gifts and see your donation double in support of my efforts and the mission of the American Lung Association.
Thank you so very much for your consideration as I look forward to attaining both personal and team goals. Thanks again, Eric