On Saturday, October 21st, Dr. John Prpich will be cycling with a mission to save lives, and he’s encouraging Tampa area cyclists to join him. The pediatric pulmonologist has partnered with the American Lung Association as Ambassador Committee Chair to organize the inaugural Gulf Coast Bike Trek along the Pinellas Trail.
“I became a pediatric pulmonologist because I love working with children and helping them manage their lung disease so that they can lead healthy lives,” said Dr. Prpich. “Partnering with the American Lung Association on the inaugural Gulf Coast Bike Trek was a natural fit. I’m thrilled for this unique opportunity for Tampa’s cycling community to raise awareness, connect with each other and get some great exercise.”
At the event, Dr. Prpich will be joined by several patients and their families to discuss living with pediatric lung disease, including asthma.
“We are grateful for Dr. Prpich’s support and partnership on the inaugural bike trek,” said Steven Riddle, Executive Director of the American Lung Association in Tampa Bay. “His ability to translate his deep medical knowledge in an approachable and actionable way make him an excellent ambassador for our lifesaving work.”
The Gulf Coast Bike Trek is open to cyclists of all experience levels and offers three courses of varying intensity: a 62-mile loop (a metric century ride), a 40-mile loop and a 10-mile family ride. Cyclists may participate individually or in teams. Dr. Prpich will be clipping in with colleagues from Baycare Medical Group.
Nearly three million Floridians suffer from lung disease, and more than 19,000 Floridians die from lung disease each year. Funds raised from the Gulf Coast Bike Trek will support the American Lung Association’s efforts to save lives through research, education and advocacy.
Registration is $25 for the 10-mile family ride and $40 for the 62-mile loop and 40-mile loop. There is a $200 fundraising minimum to participate. For more information, and to register, visit GulfCoastBikeTrek.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 education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. For more information about the American Lung Association, which has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and is a Platinum-Level GuideStar Member, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org. To support the work of the American Lung Association, find a local event at Lung.org/events.