Cycling for a Great CausePosted by Jessica Oman
In 2010 I participated in the BC Lung Association Trek for Life and Breath, a 200 kilometre cycling journey from Surrey to Chilliwack (and back). The experience was like none other I had ever had. The BC Lung Association has absolutely mastered their execution of this event, from the funds raised, to their appreciation for donors and cyclists, to the overall rider experience. Even though it rained for the entire second day, it was a weekend absolutely chock full of fun, new friends, incredible food and good exercise, all with the goal of supporting research and cures for lung diseases. About 300 people participated in the ride in September of last year.
As a lifelong asthmatic, I know first-hand how debilitating lung diseases can be. Even mild conditions can prevent people from enjoying everyday activities including running, swimming, and of course, cycling. Asthma makes it difficult to breathe if it’s very humid, very cold or very hot, and allergies can trigger asthmatic reactions that can be frightening. When I was diagnosed with asthma as a child, the medications that we have today to fight the disease weren’t available, and asthma attacks were scary events. I’m amazed at how far the treatments have come since I was young, and have pledged to support further research into lung diseases for 2011 and hopefully, for many more years.
I’m doing the ride again this year, and attempting to raise $750 towards this amazing cause (the minimum for participation is $475). I hope you’ll consider making a tax deductible donation to this great cause, by clicking through to my personal donation page.
For more information on the BC Lung Association, click here.