Father and Son Celebrate Years of Successfully Managing Asthma by Riding Together in Trek Across Maine

On Father’s Day weekend, the American Lung Association of the Northeast celebrated its 30th annual Trek Across Maine. More than 2,000 cyclists departed from Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry and finished at Steamboat Landing Park in Belfast. The event is the largest fundraiser for the nonprofit organization nationwide and is expected to raise $2 million in 2014.

Sam and Ian HaywardFor Sam Hayward of Bowdoinham, the Trek Across Maine is not only a time to enjoy some wonderful cycling, but a time to support an organization dedicated to helping kids and adults manage a disease his son struggled with as a child and manages today: asthma. 

“2013 was my first time participating in the Trek, and I rode to honor my son Ian who has been managing chronic asthma since he was three years old,” says Hayward.  “Ian has grown into an amazing man leading a full and rewarding life. He is in robust good health, strong, fit, and active, and most of the time I completely forget that he continues to deal successfully with his condition, which doesn’t limit him in the least.  This year I was pleased and proud that Ian rode alongside me at the Trek on Father’s Day weekend. The fact that he was able to ride in this event is testament to how well he manages his asthma.”

For Ian Hayward of Portland experiencing his first Trek Across Maine was special.  He considers himself a beneficiary of the American Lung Association and said it felt good to ride in the event, spend time with his dad and give back to organization whose mission he believes in.

Sam Hayward said he first learned about the Trek Across Maine from his good friend John Krueger who is a long-time trekker.  Both Sam and his son Ian rode with the Fiddler’s Green Farm team from the Belfast area. 

“We have many participants who ride in the Trek Across Maine that either suffer from asthma or lung disease or have a friend or family member that does,” noted Jeff Seyler, President & CEO of the American Lung Association of the Northeast.  “This event not only helps us raise needed funds to fight all lung disease, it helps raise awareness of the fact that people with  asthma and lung diseases can live full active lives. “

 Cyclists come from all over the country to be a part of the weekend. All proceeds benefit the American Lung Association and help fund valuable research, education and advocacy. To learn more about the Trek across Maine, to register for 2015, or to make a tax-deductible donation that helps save lives, please visit Trekmaine30.org.  You may also visit the website to learn more about the American Lung Association of the Northeast’s other bike treks in Cape Cod and Portsmouth, New Hampshire.