The Trek Across Maine is a fundraiser for the American Lung Association. It’s a three day 185 mile bike ride that’s now in it’s 37th consecutive year. Trekkers (noun: people that love spending ridiculous amounts of time riding a bike and want to raise money for the American Lung Association) spend the spring season fundraising and riding their bikes as many miles as possible in preparation for the Trek. The Trek itself is held on Father’s Day weekend every year. It’s a 3 day, fully supported 185 mile bike across the State of Maine. I’ve had the good fortune and opportunity to ride it and it’s an unbelievably powerful experience.
As is the case with everything, Covid trampled the actual 185 mile bike ride last year. It’s doing the same thing again this year. There won’t be a mass of lycra clad people pedaling hell bent for leather for 3 days across the State. That’s a real drag. I’ve been part of that gang and they’re my people and it’s fun as hell. Thankfully we live in the future. The Trek Across Maine last year and this year are virtual fundraisers. That means, the fundraising component remains. The bike riding part becomes a choose your own adventure novel. So, all of us Trekkers are working hard to do the same fundraising. On the bike riding, everyone rides what they can, where they can, as much or as little as they want. My bikes and riding them are my lifeline my sanctity and my primary mode of transportation, I ride every chance I get.
I want to raise money for the American Lung Association and I need your help. In short, the Lung Association provides resources, education, research, and help for people to breathe easier. That means they’re combating deceitful and despicable tobacco advertising campaigns that target young children. They are a strong and relentlessly steady hand in the fight against lung cancer. They’re working hard to reduce pollution so that everyone of all stripes and walks of life can breathe easily. They’re also working hard to combat lung diseases that simply happen to people, conditions like asthma and COPD. Lastly, Covid is a respiratory virus. The American Lung Association has been at the forefront on the mission of cracking that code and putting it in our rear view mirror.
All of the above needs to change and with your help, we can make it happen. Please help me reach (and maybe exceed? ) my fundraising goal by using the link at the bottom of this email to make a donation.
Please share this with anyone else who you believe would like to make an impact on helping people breathe. Join me and give everyone with lung disease a fighting chance to breathe.