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Why We Ride

My name is Adam, and this is why I ride.

whyiride_adam.png I spent 6.5 years working to help people trying to quit using tobacco products. In this time I saw the devastating effects of lung disease and how hard it is to stop smoking - a leading cause of lung disease. I also love cycling. It fills me with life and energy. In addition to being a bike-commuter, cycling is my favorite way to experience the outdoors. I am riding to use my passion to represent all those who suffer from lung disease.

Join Adam and the rest of our amazing participants on Saturday, September 29th for our Reach the Beach Washington event! 4 start locations, great food, party at the finish line!

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My name is Ken and this is why I ride.

RTBWA-why-I-ride-ken-williams.pngI ride for my Dad. He passed away about 7 years ago, primarily from complications of COPD. My dad quit smoking about 20 years prior, but also served in the U.S. Airforce including flying reconnaissance missions during Vietnam.

Additionally, my sister became afflicted with an allergic side effect to medication called Stephens-Johnson's Syndrome. She suffered internal blistering of food and air pathways, including lung tissue. She now suffers from symptoms similar to COPD such as Chronic Bronchitis, recurring pneumonia, chronic coughing, difficulty breathing with occasional use of an inhaler.

I strongly feel awareness needs to be raised regarding effects on the lungs (and other vital body systems) following Stephens-Johnson's which are not common but yet require much medical expertise and knowledge. Additionally, the more we can research symptom management and cures for all lung diseases, the more hope there will be to find relief and possible cures for the many unrelated syndromes and diseases which cause similar symptoms and conditions in the respiratory systems.


My name is Bill and this is why I ride.

Why I Ride - BillI ride Reach the Beach - Washington and Oregon for my dad. My dad was an avid cyclist, cutting more of an old-school image, as he pedaled along on his old Schwinn upright, with an old wire basket on the front for his Thermos and a good book for those frequent stops on a quiet riverbank or an ocean viewpoint he so enjoyed. He rode a southern route across the country, in his 60’s, broken into 3 legs, over the course of a couple of years, when he had to take time out to recuperate from a heart attack along a rural road in New Mexico. Dad succumbed to lung cancer a few years ago but still rides with me through rain and shine, on RTB, and solo rides. I miss my hero.


My name is Ted and this is why I ride.

Why I Ride - TedI rode in the inaugural Reach the Beach Washington ride last year. It was an amazing ride! The ride was very well supported, the volunteers were great, and the weather even cooperated! The last few miles riding along the ocean was pure magic. I would recommend this ride to anyone!


My name is Nikki and this is why I ride.

Why I Ride RTBWA-NikkiI ride because I’ve struggled with asthma all my life and I watched my mother struggle with it before me. Air pollution is a serious contributing factor to my asthma and I want to do everything I can to educate about and promote clean air initiatives so everyone can enjoy the outdoors without worrying about their health. I also just love to be outside and to ride my bike.


My name is Travis and this is why I ride.

Why I Ride RTBWA-TravisI ride because I want to show my kids how to live a healthy lifestyle and have an activity we can do together as a family. Supporting the American Lung Association and this event was how I accomplished my first century ride! It’s also important to show them how to set a goal and work hard towards accomplishing it, especially when it benefits such a great cause. They make it easier when I see them at the finish line cheering me on!


My name is Natalia and this is why I ride for my dad.

Why I Ride for Leszek GormleyOn February 27, my dad Leszek Gormley, U.S. Army Veteran, Machinist, Husband, Father, and Grandfather, passed away from Stage IV Lung Cancer after a short 6 month fight. My dad had such a will to overcome his illness and was such a fighter that it was heartbreaking that his chance to beat this was cut short..

My husband and I will be participated in the American Lung Association's Ride Around The Sound - Washington in honor of my dad. Few know that lung cancer is the most common cancer-related death, taking more lives than breast, colon and prostate cancer combined. When my coworker shared with me that she rode with the American Lung Association for her family members affected by lung disease, I knew it was perfect timing. This was the closure I needed, to say good bye to my dad since I didn’t have the opportunity. I started training for the long distance. My husband agreed to join me; even though he is stationed with the Navy on a submarine hundreds of feet underwater, he is training on a stationary bike until he gets back on land.

We are honored to be around so many people who have dedicated their time and health to help families who are suffering get the cures and help that they need. Know that you can spread the word of how important it is to fund research for lung disease. Even sharing with one person is powerful and sends an amazing message.

Natalia and Timothy Mayes
Team Leszek Gormley


Our names are Emma and Bradley and this is why we ride.

Emma and Bradley Handziuk Round CornersI found growing up in Atlanta, air quality was something that affected our day to day life. Often in the summer, the air quality would be so bad that children and older adults were advised not to spend time outside. Not being able to go outside in the summer -- what a miserable way to live!

Bradley re-introduced me to my childhood love of bicycling. Now we both bike for our daily commute, trips to the store, and exploring Seattle, Portland, Vancouver, and many of the other places we go for vacation. Training for this ride is a healthy, low emissions way of spending time together.

We hope that by participating in this ride, we will also inspire those around us to think about decreasing their carbon footprint, choosing a bike over a car when possible, and donating to the American Lung Association toward their efforts to help improve our air quality.

Thank you for your support. You are making a difference.

Emma and Bradley Handziuk
The Handy Handziuks

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