There’s no single event that brought me to support Reach the Beach (RTB) and it began without any real plan. My fellow Sasquatch Athletic Club (SAC) members had been riding for a few years and I hadn’t been able to join due to my travel schedule. Everyone spoke well of RTB as a cycling event and each year the SAC team gathered afterwards to celebrate their successful ride. In 2018 I was no longer “super commuting” and looking forward to a ride with my friends. My plan was to donate the minimum fund-raising limit myself and forget about asking for donations. Our SAC Team Leader shamed me in to doing more (thanks Scott!) and to my surprise I managed about 2 ½ times the minimum. Last year my wife added my page link to her Facebook and Instagram accounts and complete strangers donated. This, along with my family and friends, nearly doubled the previous year’s total. All without stopping to think about what I was involved with.
This year I’ve finally stopped to contemplate what it is I’m supporting and how it connects to my life. The first connection happened in the 70’s when my parents divorced. The Lung Association gave my mother the 1st real job she’d had, and this supported our family when we really needed it. My mother still remembers her time there fondly and maintains a friendship with her boss at the time. The second connection should have been even more obvious. My wife is a lifelong asthma sufferer and the advances supported by the American Lung Association have both improved her quality of life and her doctor’s ability to manage this condition. Recently, my wife attended the funeral of one of her cousins who suffered from COPD and emphysema. A smoker for smoker for 50 years he was unable stop even while needing oxygen to survive. Finally, there’s a SAC member, Aimee’s brother who’s was diagnosed with cancer this past year, including tumors in his lungs (see her husband’s page, Mark Tipperreiter). This year’s SAC ride is dedicated to Aimee’s brother John.
Our lungs, like all our vital organs, are wonders we rarely stop to appreciate. It’s only when something goes wrong that we’re shocked out of the complacency our frantic lives drive us to and we realize the irreplaceable importance of something like our lungs. Asthma, smoking cessation, COPD, emphysema and lung cancer are all difficult topics of research. These causes and others are supported by the American Lung Association. This is the reason I’m riding, and this is where your donations go.
Thank you for your support this year and the past 2 years,
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Together we can fight lung disease successfully!