In February 2013, my late husband, Mark, received the shocking diagnosis of stage 4 lung cancer (non-small cell adenocarcinoma). He was 44 years old at diagnosis, never smoked, athletic, healthy and with no medical history. Our team, Mark's Madness, formed shortly after Mark passed in 2014, and now in its fifth year at Reach the Beach. Your continued support has helped us place top three in fundraising each year, and we hope to have the same success in our fifth year. In addition to our team ride, I now serve on the Leadership Council for the Oregon American Lung Association (ALA) and co-chair the Advocacy Committee. ALA has made an impact in advocating for lung cancer, and holds it as one of their top initiatives.
Lung cancer is still the second leading cause of death in the U.S. It is rapidly spreading in all sexes, all ethnic groups, and as young as people in their twenties. Yet, it receives far less federal research funding per life lost than other major cancers.
I am riding in Mark's honor, but our fundraising efforts are for all the lung cancer survivors. Please join us in raising awareness for lung cancer, and support all the lung survivors in our community by donating to this great cause. We truly appreciate your support and thank you in advance for donation.