500 Cyclists Ride 160 Miles Across Cape Cod for American Lung Association's 34th Annual Autumn Escape Bike Trek
3 Day Ride Raises $400k to Fund Lung Disease Research, Advocacy, & Education
(October 1, 2018) - PLYMOUTH, Mass.
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More than 500 cyclists and 120 volunteers turned out in Cape Cod, Massachusetts to ride the 34th Annual Autumn Escape Bike Trek. Participants cycled up to 160 miles over 3 days from Plymouth to the finish line in Provincetown in hopes of raising more than $400,000 for the American Lung Association.
Riders include those living with lung disease and lung cancer, survivors, families and advocates, healthcare professionals, fitness enthusiasts, environmental activists and cyclists of all skill levels. All proceeds from the Autumn Escape Bike Trek directly fund lung disease research, advocacy, and education; including research for lung cancer, COPD/asthma management, smoking cessation programs, and advocacy for stronger clean air standards.
“The Autumn Escape Bike Trek is an opportunity to take in the extraordinary views of Cape Cod, while fighting for healthy air, healthy lungs, and the people we love,” said Jeff Seyler, Chief Division Officer for the American Lung Association. “Everyone might sign up for a different reason, but by the time we cross the finish line, we are united in the fight against lung disease and lung cancer.”
One rider, Vanessa Hammer, participated in memory of her mother, Pamela, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 adenocarcinoma, a form of non-small cell lung cancer, in 2016. The diagnosis was made following many months of pain and a range of misdiagnoses. Just 11 months after doctors found the tumor, Pamela was laid to rest.
Hammer said, “My mom’s story is a true testament to the importance of early screening. My mom had certain risk factors and symptoms that should have been red flags. An earlier diagnosis could have meant a higher quality of life in those final months, and we might have had more time with her. I hope by participating in and contributing to this Trek, another family might be saved some pain, or at least granted more time with their loved one.”
The event offers trekkers 3 route options, including a 1-day, 2-day, or 3-day ride. The longest ride, totaling 160 miles over 3 days, makes overnight stops in Sandwich and Brewster. The Cyclists are joined by support vehicles, medical vehicles and police escorts through the Cape Cod communities to ensure safety for all.
For more information on the American Lung Association’s Bike Treks in the Northeast, visit BikeTrekNewEngland.com.
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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