Hello, Dear Family and Friends!
I hope you have had a lovely Easter and you are seeing crocuses and other signs of Spring. I was excited to get out for my first training ride (nearly 24 miles!) for this year's American Lung Association Trek Across Maine -- their 39th year, my 19th. Once again it is the Father's Day weekend (June 16, 17, and 18th) from Thomas Point Campground -- just up the road from me! I'm trusting my body will be able to do the 180 miles! My team is the Casco Bay Bike Club and I rode today (April 10th) with their secretary, my dear hospital colleague and friend, Ursula Nehrt, and New Mainer from Angola, Jeronimo.
I know you have many demands on your charitable dollar, but please join me in supporting the American Lung Association. Their work during CoVid was critically important, and their history of combatting teen smoking, working for clean air, research into lung diseases, and promotion of green activities like biking is so important. Last year's Trek was only about 1/3 of the total number of riders as we returned from CoVid restrictions, so I trust we are building back the enthusiastic riders and supporters of a few years ago.
As I look to 2024 and my 20th ride and ALA's 40th Trek Across Maine, I wonder if you would consider joining me as a rider or a volunteer, whether for a day or all three days? I am pretty sure that will be my last ride (and appeal to you!), and I plan to go out with a bang! I have a wonderful shirt designer -- help me come up with a team name. If your idea is chosen, I promise you a free T-shirt!
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 to the American Lung Association of Maine, 122 State Street, Augusta, ME 04330.
With deepest thanks,