Greetings to my loyal Trek Across Maine supporters and Happy Spring! I'm delighted to announce that I am registered for my 15th Trek Across Maine, June 14-1, 2019, (Father's Day weekend). You may remember that I skipped the Trek last year to run the Beach to Beacon in August. It was great fun, but I realized I like cycling more than running, and the Trek supports the important work of the American Lung Association. I couldn’t stop at 14, and this year the Route has totally changed (Brunswick north and back), so I feel inspired. As you know, all funds raised in this bicycle journey across Maine go to fight lung disease, reduce teen smoking, and increase awareness about the importance of lung health.
I continue to hope that one or more of my six grandchildren will join me before I stop riding the Trek, but they lead very busy lives. Maybe for my 70th birthday in 2021! Who knows what adventures lie ahead?! It has been a humbling honor to work with persons experiencing the ravages of lung disease, taking someone's breath away, leaving them unable to work, exercise or play. I'm told that this illness is growing faster than almost any other major illness. Lung cancer, asthma and emphysema combined make up the third leading cause of deaths in the United States. The faces and names of so many young people with cystic fibrosis with whom I have worked over the years are reminders to me of the gift of healthy lungs and a beautiful state with fresh clear air in which to live and play.
I welcome any of you to join me on the ride. But if you cannot, please consider the difference you can make with a personal or corporate tax-deductible donation.
Thank you in advance for your donation. On-line credit card donations are very easy and secure, but you are also more than welcome to send a check with my name and Trekker Number 27 on it to the American Lung Association of Maine, 122 State Street, Augusta, ME 04330. I like to help the Lung Association by having all my pledges collected before I ride -- that saves a lot of office time and administration.
With deepest thanks,