As I pen this year’s letter, it is hard to believe the Trek Across Maine is just weeks away. Over the past eight years, thanks to your generous contributions, together we have been able to raise a total of $114,312 ($22,895 last year alone), making a difference for us as well as the lives of our children and grandchildren. I thank you for your past kindness and once again ask for your continued support. This will be my 9th year riding and it is my hope to work together to reach a cumulative total amount raised of over $125,000 this riding season. This would be an amazing accomplishment for all of us.
My mother’s courageous battle with COPD has been, and will always be, my inspiration for this event. Once again, I will proudly be wearing participant #608, which the team at the ALA has kindly given me for life to honor my mother’s birthday of June 8th. As always, I will have a picture of my mom posted on my bike during the ride.
Each year, I am extremely moved by just how many family members and friends have a heartbreaking situation of a loved one afflicted by lung disease. Consequently, once again, I will carry a printed card with the names and dedications from my donors for loved ones they wished to honor. I am continuously touched and humbled to receive such a huge outpouring of so many moving stories and lovely memories. If you would like me to carry one for you, please send me his or her name and any message you wish and I will gladly carry it for the 180 miles.
Please help me to reach my 2018 fundraising goal of $16,000 by making a tax-deductible contribution in support of my ride. Any donation you make will be much appreciated. There is no pressure to pledge, as there are a lot of causes and we simply can’t give to them all. I welcome any pledge amount if you are inclined to contribute. The ride takes place from June 15th through June 17th. The American Lung Association is asking for pledges by June 13th if possible, but they are welcomed through the end of July.
Thank you in advance for your kind consideration of my request. I truly appreciate all your help and best wishes…as I need all the help and luck I can get.
With Warmest Regards,
Shawn L. Sabine