3rd Annual Cycle the Seacoast

Guy Sylvester cycles in support of lung disease and the Fight for Air

Portsmouth, NH (May 3, 2012)

The American Lung Association in the Northeast celebrates the third annual Cycle the Seacoast on Sunday, May 6. Among the 300 participants will be Guy Sylvester, CEO of Absolute Resource Associates, and his team of ten.

Guy and Absolute Resource Associates (ARA), a Portsmouth-based firm providing environmental services throughout New England, have been a part of Cycle the Seacoast since the first year. “We used to sponsor and man a rest stop at the event, but we thought it would be more fun to ride,” explained Guy. The environmental firm continues to support the event as a sponsor.

Guy Sylvester has a true passion for the mission of the American Lung Association. Not only is he a Board Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant and indoor air quality expert, he has also faced lung disease firsthand. About five years ago, Guy lost his mother to Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. His son-in-law was diagnosed with throat cancer just three years ago, at the age of 31. Both Guy’s mother and son-in-law were heavy smokers; smoking continues to be the leading cause of disease and death in this country.

In 2002, Absolute Resource Associates received a call from a mother whose two young children had contracted pneumonia twice in a one-year period. Upon entering the home, Guy and his team found toxic levels of mold in the family’s basement, where the mother worked and the children played. Guy can still remember the handwritten thank-you he received from the mother after his team removed the mold, asserting that her children had never been healthier.

That particular job was a driving force behind ARA’s expansion in the indoor air quality realm. Not long after, Guy came in contact with Ed Miller, Senior VP of Health Promotion and Public Policy for the Lung Association in the Northeast. Guy became actively involved in the organization and now sits on the Board of Directors, for both New Hampshire and the Northeast.

The American Lung Association in the Northeast reinvests 78 cents on every dollar to support their mission. These monies directly fund lung disease research, advocacy, and education; including COPD/asthma management and smoking cessation programs, in addition to advocacy for stronger clean air standards.

Cycle the Seacoast starts and finishes at Little Harbour School in Portsmouth. Cyclists can choose from three different routes – 25, 50, or 100 miles. The 100-mile riders take off at seven a.m.; 50-mile riders to depart at eight, and the 25-mile riders bring up the rear at nine. Food and drinks will be available at the school for much of the afternoon. Participants are required to fundraise a minimum of $250; registration and donation can be completed at biketreknewengland.org.

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About the American Lung Association of the Northeast
The American Lung Association of the Northeast is part of the American Lung Association, the oldest voluntary health organization in the U.S. Established in 1904 to combat tuberculosis; our mission today is to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. The focus is on air quality, asthma, tobacco control, and all lung disease. The American Lung Association in the Northeast serves CT, MA, ME, NH, NY, RI and VT.