A little four months ago, Ride Hard Breathe Easy left Newtown Square, PA to go west; very west, to The Golden Gate Bridge to raise money and awareness for lung cancer. From all the comments and hearts touched over the next 52 days, I know we made a difference for lung cancer patients. We met many people across this great country, had loads of fun every day and, through your generosity, raised over $93,000.
Money raised will go to two outstanding programs!
And now, I am very proud to tell you that the money donated will support two programs very dear to our family that are led by the Bonnie J Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (BJALCF) and Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA).
- Working at SAP, I see every day how technology and data drives innovation. BJALCF is taking a similar approach to improve the early detection of lung cancer. When diagnosed early, lung cancer is curable through surgery and radiation. However, current screening technology remains a barrier as 96% of low dose CT screens result in false positives. To address this problem, BJALCF created The Concept to Clinic Challenge by bringing together a global team of software developers to build a technology that will increase both the sensitivity and specificity of low does CT screens. This improvement will increase the ability to find lung cancer earlier and ensure those findings are accurate.
- LCA established the Congressional Lung Cancer Caucus to collaborate with cancer leaders, advocates and policymakers in educating on early detection, current lung cancer treatments and research advancements. In 2018, LCA will continue to advocate for treatment reimbursements and payment structures for lung cancer screening and access to care, so that our community’s needs of expediting new treatment approvals and improving access to high quality and affordable healthcare is met.
Ride Hard Breathe Easy will Ride Again in 2018!
As we look forward to 2018, we have set a goal to raise another $100,000, and The Steering Committee is already hard at work. Our next call is in two weeks, and we are currently close to deciding our approach in 2018. We will have a few options on the bike for anyone to participate, and we will have ways for people to help all lung cancer patients in ways that do not include a bike. Many Hands Make Light Work, and anyone can be part of our efforts to help everyone affected by lung cancer.
You too can help!
Please look for a survey in January, give us your feedback and let us know if you want to be part of the team that is committed to change how the world deals with lung cancer.
We hope you are enjoying this holiday season!
The Ride Hard Breathe Easy Team