I've decided to ride in the Trek Across Maine a second time in honor of my grandmother Jeannette Boucher, who had COPD.
She was one of the most beautiful people I've ever known, and I think about her every day. She grew up in a house of smokers and became a smoker herself. Though she was always cheerful and seemed to have few regrets in her life, her struggle with breathing limited how active she could be. Not only did this affect other aspects of her health, it also prevented her from fully enjoying experiences like visiting her grandson in New York or coming to my college graduation. I've wondered how much better the quality of her life would have been if she had never been exposed to smoking.
I have committed to join many other cyclists and the American Lung Association in a journey across Maine while raising money to support the fight against lung cancer, COPD, Asthma and other serious lung diseases. Among my goals is to increase awareness about the importance of lung health.
Did you know that lung cancer is the number one cancer killer of both men and women today? Another alarming fact is that lung disease is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Please join me in my efforts to make a difference by making a personal or corporate tax-deductible donation. Ask your HR Department about matching gifts and see your donation double in support of my efforts and the mission of the American Lung Association.
Thank you in advance for your support!!