American Lung Association’s 2018 Reach The Beach Oregon Brings Thousands Together for Incredible Impact
(May 21, 2018) - PORTLAND, Ore.
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The 2018 cycling season is officially underway! More than 2,300 cyclists took part in Reach the Beach on Saturday, May 19 and helped raise nearly $700,000 for lung disease research, advocacy and education.
“It’s thrilling to see so many in the local community, and across the nation, come together to raise awareness for lung health,” said Brian Mayo, Regional Director of Special Events for the American Lung Association. “Not only did participants take on this incredible ride as a physical challenge, but so many completed the ride to honor those lost to lung cancer and related-diseases.”
Rider Julie Moe has seen the effects of lung disease firsthand. She lost her father to lung disease in 2015 and her close friend Mark Landers in 2014 to lung cancer. She’s turned her losses into passion and completed her fourth Reach the Beach on Saturday as one of the top three fundraisers and team member of Mark’s Madness, a team honoring Landers.
Reach the Beach presented by Toyota brought together more than 150 volunteers; 2,300 bikes, and more than 150,000 miles culminating in a giant beach party in Pacific City, Ore. The ride brought together participants of all ability levels and offered routes from 25 to 104 miles long between Portland and Pacific City. All proceeds from Reach the Beach go directly to supporting the American Lung Association’s mission to prevent and cure lung disease and promote lung health.
Reach the Beach 2019 is scheduled for May 18, 2019. Registration for the event is open now at 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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