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Hundreds of Chicagoans Cycle 150 miles to Fight #1 Cancer Killer

(June 9, 2015)

Every June since 1985, hundreds of cyclists from the Greater Chicago area ride 150 miles to support the American Lung Association’s mission while enjoying scenic Northern Illinois and the rolling hills of Southern Wisconsin. 

This June will be no different as cyclists celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Fight for Air Ride, taking place this weekend, June 12-14. Almost 200 cyclists of all levels and ages will ride for two or three days starting on Friday and Saturday mornings.

“This will be my seventh year cycling in honor of my mom who died of lung cancer and never smoked a day in her life,” said Betsy Cammarata. 

“During the months between her diagnosis and death, I felt hopeless and helpless. I lived quite a distance from my mom at that time, and I was looking for something productive to do since I could not cure her myself. That’s when I found the Fight for Air Ride. Our family and friends have participated in the ride in memory of my mom for eight consecutive years,” she said.

Like Cammarata, cyclists ride to honor a loved one affected by lung disease, or for a personal achievement, a new cycling experience or simply to raise research funding for the nation’s number one cancer killer – lung cancer. Ninety cents of every dollar raised goes directly towards education, research and advocacy.

Three-day riders begin Friday, June 12 with a 50-mile ride from McHenry County College, in Crystal Lake, towards the Abbey Resort in Lake Geneva, Wis.  Two-day cyclists start their ride on Saturday, June 13 also beginning in Crystal Lake. 

The ride continues for three-day riders already in Lake Geneva on Saturday, June 13, when they hit the road again for another 50-mile ride around Lake Geneva. Both three- and two-day riders add another 50 miles on Sunday as they head back together to McHenry County College. 

Media contact: James A. Martinez; O: 312-445-2501; C: 312-718-5875; E: [email protected] 

About the Fight for Air Ride
Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, the Fight for Air Ride is the Midwest's Premier Bike Ride.  Cyclists of all levels gather to ride approximately 50 miles per day for two or three days through scenic rural communities of Northern Illinois and the rolling hills of southern Wisconsin. Along the route, participants will enjoy the views of six lakes highlighted by Lake Geneva in Wisconsin. Each night, participants enjoy the luxurious Abbey Resort and Spa on Lake Geneva. During their stay, participants enjoy the perks of the resort including the pool, tennis courts, spa amenities and the marina setting. 

About the American Lung Association in Greater Chicago
Our mission is to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. With your generous support, the American Lung Association is "Fighting for Air" through research, education and advocacy. For more information about the American Lung Association or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872) or visit 

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