CCBC PROFESSOR RIDING 3,300 MILES TO COMBAT LUNG DISEASE
While temperatures hover in triple digits and many enjoy the comforts of air conditioning, Paul Rogers will be riding his bicycle 3,300 miles from Seattle, Washington to Washington D.C. His journey is part of an annual ride that benefits the American Lung Association called the “Big Ride Across America,” which aims to generate awareness about lung disease, the number three killer in the United States.
Mr. Rogers, an Accounting Associate Professor at CCBC, has dedicated the ride to awareness for clean air and the risks of air pollution. Recent reports by the University Of Pittsburgh Graduate School Of Health indicate that Allegheny County is in the top 2 percent in the United States for cancer risk from air pollution. His personal fundraising goal is to raise $10,000.
“Everyone knows someone who suffers from a chronic lung disease like asthma or emphysema. Others know someone who struggled through lung cancer. The amazing thing about lung disease though is that it’s largely preventable, and the American Lung Association works hard to help prevent the disease, not just cure it,” said Rogers. I’m really proud to belong to this cause and to ride 3,300 miles to fight these terrible diseases and raise the awareness for clean air.”
The ride promises the participants an average of 83 miles of riding per day over 49 days. They will traverse the mountains and dry, high plains of the west, cross the hot and humid north central states and ride the rolling hills of Appalachia before riding across the finish line on the Mall in Washington D.C. This year’s Big Ride Across America has 14 participants and their combined goal is to raise $140,000 for the organization.
“There’s this amazing, diverse group of people coming together to tackle this route. Some have lost loved ones to lung disease and some have struggled with asthma their whole lives. Some are just getting on a bike again for the first time in decades and some of us ride thousands of miles per year already. Still, it’s going to be a tremendous challenge, and we are going to ride every inch together,” said Rogers.
“I’m looking forward to hitting the road in mid-June. I’m currently juggling training and fundraising. It’s probably a lot harder than doing the ride itself. We’ll see though. We don’t have the Rockies in Pittsburgh, but we have plenty of hills to train!”
Mr. Rogers will also be teaching two online classes this summer at the College during the Big Ride.
Donations to his Big Ride campaign for the American Lung Association can be made at bigride.org.
Follow Paul on his journey via his blog at www.mrrogersbigride.blogspot.com.