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A Challenge Is A Chance To Do Our Best - Volume 2

Derrick Buckspan

A graduate of the University of Vermont, Derrick Buckspan originally came to Maine to work as a wilderness instructor and course director at the Hurri...

A graduate of the University of Vermont, Derrick Buckspan originally came to Maine to work as a wilderness instructor and course director at the Hurri...

Apr 22 6 minutes read

Celebrating the Organizations in our Community who are Going Above and Beyond To Take on the Challenges of COVID-19

An Ongoing Series - Volume 2

Shifting Gears: Bike Rides Going Virtual at American Lung Association

The American Lung Association COVID-19 Response.

 With the arrival of COVID-19, American Lung Association’s Event Manager, Melissa Walden, pivoted their annual fundraising event in New Hampshire, Cycle the Seacoast, into a virtual event and extended it through June 30.

"We are very grateful for the many people who have registered for our annual fundraising event, but we need many more in order to reach our goals.. Based on guidelines from the CDC and local government officials, we have  shifted gears to avoid creating large gatherings of people, which is a natural part of our event. However, we want to build on the momentum of our participants, volunteers and supporters and not let COVID-19 get the best of us. After all, our ride is a fundraiser for the American Lung Association to raise awareness of and improve lung health, so we can't let this lung-related virus derail our work. This is an opportunity for us to come together to show our strength, and our virtual options will empower people to do that," Melissa explained.

Participating in the virtual ride is a great way to improve both your physical and mental health, while giving an extra boost to your immune system. Now is the perfect time to get outside while still practicing social distancing! Challenge yourself to stay active and support the American Lung Association’s work to support critical lung health research. To learn more or register for the new virtual option, visit their website.

The annual Cycle the Seacoast was originally scheduled for May 3 as a one-day event with  25, 50 or 100 mile route options departing from Cisco Brewers in Portsmouth. Organizers have developed new ways for people to participate virtually now through June 30. 

  • Participants can complete their mileage now through June 30 at their own pace on their own routes

  • Participants can join the Cycle the Seacoast Facebook group to stay connected with other riders and share photos of their rides

  • Participants can join the Cycle the Seacoast Strava club where they can see other participants progress

  • Participants can register on the event website

  • Volunteers and supporters of the annual event can make donations to the American Lung Association

"The coronavirus has impacted many of us in several different ways. We know that cycling is one of the best outdoor activities for staying healthy and to enjoy the fresh air while following physical distancing guidelines. As the weather continues to improve, we know people will want to get outside. Cycling and raising money for lung research to fight COVID-19 is a great combination. We hope this new option for raising money and riding at your own pace will encourage more people around the world to get involved through June 30," said Jeff Seyler, Chief Division Officer for the Eastern U.S.

Rachel Reed was recently featured on RE/MAX Integra's REAL webinar series describing RE/MAX Shoreline's decision process for supporting organizations in the community.  She explained, “The American Lung Association aligns with all of our support criteria, and we are a major sponsor of Cycle the Seacoast.  On a personal note, the Cycle the Seacoast event has always been near and dear to me, as cycling has been a family passion and brings people together in a healthy, uplifting way.  We are proud to support the American Lung Association in any way possible as our world adapts to COVID-19, a crisis which impacts lung health.  After all, if you can’t breathe, nothing else matters." 

On March 9th, the American Lung Association launched their COVID-19 Action Initiative, a comprehensive $25M initiative to end COVID-19 and defend against future respiratory virus pandemics. The COVID-19 Action Initiative will be used to fund respiratory research, enhance key public health measures through education and advocacy, and establish an advanced network of public and private entities to develop new vaccines, detection tests and treatment therapies, to stop future respiratory virus pandemics. Learn more from the press release and new COVID-19 Action Initiative webpage.

Your donation to the American Lung Association’s virtual Cycle the Seacoast event will support critical lung health research and valuable information and resources amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Join the American Lung Association in accelerating the progress they've already made, including a breakthrough discovery that could inform coronavirus treatment strategies and help us fund additional groundbreaking research that can help mitigate COVID-19.

During these times of uncertainty, the American Lung Association will continue to share science-based information and tested public health measures that work. Visit Lung.org/covid19 for daily updates, answers to frequently asked questions and fact-based advice to help protect yourself and your family. As always, our Lung HelpLine is available for one-on-one support for your COVID-19 and lung health questions. Call 1-800-LUNGUSA or submit a question online: Lung.org/helpline

As America’s champion of lung health, the American Lung Association's top priority is the health and well-being of all, and thanks you for your support.

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