Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Teams with Lung Association to Fight Lung Disease

Sunovion Premier Sponsor of Autumn Escape Bike Trek September 28-30

(September 12, 2012)

The American Lung Association of the Northeast is gearing up for its 28th annual Autumn Escape Bike Trek being held Friday, September 28 to Sunday, September 30, and is pleased to have the support of Sunovion, a leading pharmaceutical company based in Marlborough, Massachusetts that specializes in treatments for people challenged by respiratory illness. Sunovion is the premier sponsor of the 'at-your-own-pace' cycling tour which takes cyclists on a picturesque journey from Plymouth to Provincetown.

The company also has a team of employees cycling in the event which raises money for the Lung Association’s research, education and advocacy on behalf of people with lung disease. Riders can choose to cycle the full three days and ride 160 miles or cycle for two days and ride 105 miles. 

Sunovion’s motto is “healthy bodies, healthy lives,” making their sponsorship of the Autumn Escape Bike Trek a natural extension of their corporate philosophy. Many of the Company’s medicines serve people who suffer from asthma, COPD and allergies.   

The Sunovion team is hoping to recruit at least 30 employees for the ride this year and in addition, many more who will volunteer at the event.  To help recruit team members, the company has been promoting the event on its intranet and they are offering employees a free Friday off if they are cycling in the event all three days.  They’ve conducted training rides, cycling seminars and even placed an eye-catching ‘Trek display’ complete with bicycles prominently placed in the company lobby to help further pique interest in the event.

“Sunovion is very proud to support the American Lung Association; our long heritage in respiratory along with a shared goal to improve the lives of people living with respiratory illnesses makes our partnership a great fit,” said Richard Russell, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer for Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.  “Our employees are very passionate towards contributing their time and energy to this important event and we look forward to helping the Lung Association raise needed funds and awareness while also enjoying a great trek.”

“We are so pleased to have Sunovion on board as premier sponsor of the Autumn Escape Bike Trek,” said Jeff Seyler, President and CEO of the American Lung Association of the Northeast.  “The funds we raise at this event help us fund research to help find better treatments and cures for lung disease and continue providing programs that improve the lives of those living with lung disease. We’re grateful Sunovion is helping us further our mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.”

The Autumn Escape Bike Trek attracts expert and novice cyclists alike and combines competition and leisure in a weekend filled with beautiful scenery, prizes, entertainment and support along the way. The event is held rain or shine. The Lung Association provides cyclists with overnight accommodations, medical and technical support, food and beverages. Rental bikes are available for a nominal fee.  To register for the Autumn Escape Bike Trek or to support the event by making a donation that can save lives, visit the event website at