This is the fifth year that I will be a part of the American Lung Association's Reach the Beach Ride. I will be riding with my two sons, Kevin and Aaron, and my grandson Isaac. We may be joined by some of the other grandkids also. Three generations will participate as Team Lefohn. Each year, I enjoy training during the spring and summer months in Montana to prepare for my ride.
Why do I ride? I ride to represent all those who suffer from lung disease, especially those who are close to my heart. Second, I believe in the American Lung Association's mission. The American Lung Association works to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through research, education, and advocacy. Their work is focused on four strategic goals: to defeat lung cancer; champion clean air for all; improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and create a tobacco-free future.
For over 23 years, since its inception, I have contributed to the American Lung Association's well respected annual State of the Air Report as a research scientist who analyzes the nation's air quality. The association's report summarizes the Nation's air quality and is followed closely by the public, policymakers, the US Congress, and the worldwide press. The American Lung Association has been and remains an important part of my life. I am excited that my efforts contribute to the Association's goals.