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Ride for Fitness and Fun, Raise Funds to Fight Lung Disease

American Lung Association hosts the Fight For Air Ride June 7-9

(May 7, 2019) - CHICAGO

For more information please contact:

Jill Thompson
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This June, hundreds of cyclists will trek through the hills of northern Illinois and around the lakes of southern Wisconsin to fight lung disease at the American Lung Association in Greater Chicago’s Fight For Air Ride.

Taking place June 7-9, the Fight For Air Ride brings together more than 200 cyclists of all levels who 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 and each night, they are housed at the Abbey Resort and Spa on Lake Geneva.

“The Fight For Air Ride is not only a fun way to get active and see our beautiful Midwest scenery this summer, but it is an impactful way to help local residents who are affected by lung disease,” said Kevin Kovitz, M.D., Fight for Air Ride participant and pulmonologist at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Chicago Chest Center.

The event offers a 150-mile, three-day ride for veteran cyclists, but also allows novice riders to complete a shorter route over two days, so this ride is perfect for anyone interested in cycling. The all-inclusive, fully-supported route includes SAG vehicles, medical volunteers, bike mechanics, luggage transportation and rest stops. Each night, cyclists are invited to attend social events hosted by the Lung Association to network and mingle with other cyclists.

The Fight For Air Ride raises awareness for lung disease, raises money for life-saving research, and funds critical local programing like educational programs to help local children better manage their asthma and free programs to help residents quit smoking.

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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:

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