Lung Disease Shatters Chicago Man's Life, Propels him to Ride
(May 17, 2018) -
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Chicagoan David Bein’s life has been rocked by lung disease – he lost his wife to cancer that spread to her lungs, his baby was born early with underdeveloped lungs and his father-in-law passed from chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD). This June, he will fight for lung health by cycling 150 miles in the American Lung Association in Greater Chicago’s Fight For Air Ride.
David Bein’s wife, Carol, was first diagnosed with cancer when she was pregnant with their third child. After they discovered it was stage 4, they needed to start treatment as soon as possible, but were worried that inducing the labor early would harm baby Eva’s lung development.
“It was due to the research into lung development and treatment, supported by the Lung Association, that allowed Eva to grow and thrive,” said Bein.
About three years after Eva’s birth, the cancer spread to Carol’s lungs. Soon after, Bein’s wife passed.
“After hearing her horrible cough for months on end, and watching her exhausted after bouts of coughing, I was sure if I never heard another cough again it would be fine,” he said.
In 2005, Bein was introduced to the Fight For Air Ride, and decided that it was a fun way to honor his late wife’s memory and help eradicate lung disease. Since then, his father-in-law passed from COPD, and his good friend was diagnosed with Alpha 1, a genetic condition that can result in serious lung disease. Now Bein has many more reasons to ride.
Taking place June 8 - 10, 2018, the American Lung Association in Greater Chicago’s Fight For Air Ride is one of the most scenic races in the country. Hundreds of cyclists of all levels 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 enjoy the views of six lakes highlighted by Lake Geneva in Wisconsin. Each night, participants are housed at the Abbey Resort and Spa on Lake Geneva.
More information and registration is available at FightForAirRide.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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