American Lung Association’s 2018 Reach The Beach Washington Ride Raises More than $125,000 for Lung Disease Research
(September 28, 2018) - SEATTLE
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For the second year, hundreds of cyclists from all over the U.S. are gathering to cycle along amazing routes and fight lung cancer at the Reach the Beach Washington ride on Saturday, September 29. This year, participants have raised more than $100,000 for lung health research.
Riders come from all over - some ride to represent their own battles with lung health, and others to honor family members and friends affected. With four starting locations, the ride has something for all levels of cycling. Whether riders start in Lacey (100 miles), Olympia (80 miles), Elma (44 miles) or Cosmopolis (25 miles), they travel scenic backroads to the Washington coast in Westport. Washington Governor Jay Inslee is also riding to support the American Lung Association.
Mark Brashem is riding in his second Reach the Beach and was the top fundraiser this year raising over $7,300. He credits the mission of the American Lung Association with inspiring him to ride, and appreciates that the funds he raised will be used to help save lives by providing for lung disease prevention and research, programs for improving air quality and tobacco education and cessation programs.
“After having smoked cigarettes for many years, I quit 25 years ago,” Brashem said. “Making that change in lifestyle has been one the best things I could have done to improve my health. Quitting smoking was a huge challenge, and the Lung Association provides many tools to help smokers kick the habit like I did. “
Personal connections bring people to the ride year after year. “Stories like Mark’s should motivate all of us to continue fighting against lung cancer,” said Season Oltmann, Executive Director for the American Lung Association in Washington.
And Reach the Beach Washington 2019 is coming up soon! For more information, visit www.reachthebeach.org.
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.
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