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Nelle's Big Ride

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Nelle Glasser

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My name is Nelle Glasser. I am a former varsity swimmer, and current student at the University of Florida. This summer, my sister and I will be joining dozens of others in a bike ride across the United States. My journey will take us from Seattle to Washington, D.C. on a ride to raise funds for the American Lung Association and to fight against lung disease. The American Lung Association searches for cures to various lung diseases, including lung cancer, asthma, COPD, and Influenza. The American Lung Association also fights for Clean Air and stands on a strong “Stop Smoking” platform. My mother completed her Big Ride in the summer of 2006, riding in honor of her mother, Irma Lee, who succumbed to smoking-induced lung disease in 1997. This summer though, my mother will pass the tradition onto her daughters. The both of us will set out on a 3,300-mile bike ride across our beautiful country. Seeking to complete our journey in just less than 50 days, I am setting out to ride for all those who have suffered or are currently suffering from lung disease. I am riding for clean air, and I am riding to stop smoking in our country.
Being a former swimmer for the University of Florida, air has always been a precious resource for me in particular. I essentially grew up in a pool and learned to always focus on my breathing. Each practice centered around having faith in knowing when my next breath would come. However, for those suffering from lung disease, they lack this faith. They lack the security of knowing what it feels like to breath easy. I am lucky to not suffer from asthma, but I have many teammates who couldn’t walk into practice without their inhaler. This summer I will ride for them. The father of one of my teammates lost his battle with lung cancer earlier this year. This summer I will ride for him. My own grandmother lost her fight with lung disease when I was a young child. This summer I will ride for her. I will ride for cleaner air and an opportunity: the opportunity to contribute to finding a cure for these illnesses. But I cannot do it alone. In order to participate in this year’s ride, I must reach a minimum fundraising amount of $6500. The entirety of my funds will be directly donated to the American Lung Association and even the smallest donations can help me reach my goal. Each mile of my journey will raise about $2, so even if you can only spare a couple of dollars, know that you are helping me bike that extra mile. I know that with the help of my community, my friends, and those supporting this cause, I can surpass the minimum requirement. So join me in my fundraising efforts and let me bring a part of you across the country with me this summer. Let’s ride together.

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