Lynne Billie's Big Ride Across America


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Why I want to do this ride

My mother’ was recently diagnosed with emphysema from what they believe is "second hand smoke".  She worked in the basement level of an office building that allowed smoking with insufficient ventilation.  I was   shocked on how she looked when she could not catch her breath on a short walk in the park.  I am searching for some younger person(s) either who is a survivor of lung disease or who has recently stopped smoking.  I would like to ride in tribute to him/her and would put their names on my jersey along with my sponsors.  I think this would be a great incentive for someone knowing that I would think and pray for their success.

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The Commitment

We all experience life's challenges in some way and are tested on how well we measure up to them.  My test involves a committment to an enormous challenge that involves fundraising, riding my bike across America and camping for 45 days.  In January of this year,  I decided to make the commitment to take part in an historical event organized by the American Lung Association – the GTE Big Ride Across America. On June 15, I will join 1,000 cyclists on an life-changing adventure from Seattle, Washington to Washington, D.C. We will cycle over 3,000 miles in the span of 45 days, and our goal is to raise $8 million to support the research, education and advocacy programs of the ALA.

My goal is to raise $6,000 which is the minimum committment for the American Lung Association. I feel if I cannot do the research for the prevention of lung disease, I will make every effort to provide the funds necessary to assist those who can. This goal is a reflection of my respect and gratitude for this organization’s work. To reach my goal, I need your help. More than that, I need your commitment, your support, and your strength to be a part of my journey. Your pledge will not only help me reach my financial goal, but it will inspire me as I train and fundraise from now until the Ride. All pledges are due May 25 to the ALA office in Florida.

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The Pledge

As of this writing, May 25, 1998, I have raised $6,560 for the American Lung Association and the pledges are still coming in.   Thanks is noted below.

To get a Pledge Form Click Here, then print the form.  After printing the form use the BACK Button to Return.

You will see my name and rider number 1975 on the upper right side of the form. Please take a few minutes to read it while you decide how much you can contribute. Did you know that lung disease – including asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis and lung cancer – is the third leading cause of death in the United States? Breathing problems are the number one cause of death in infants. Lung cancer has become the number one killer of Americans. The American Lung Association’s focus is not just disease related though. Some of its most effective efforts include protection from air pollution, and assisting thousands of people to successfully resist the tobacco temptation with cessation programs such as the "Smoke Free Class of 2000" with efforts aimed at America's youth.

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Pledge Donors:

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Cycling and Spinning Apparel Designed for Women

Individual Pledge Donors:

Bob Alexander Bob and Judy Aaronson
Chuck and Carol Bramwell Nikki Duplisea
Len Fairburn Andy Goldman
Judith Grossman Frank Horzewski
Bobbie Martin Arnold & Louise McClintock
Norm Moyer Alan Peters
DeeDee and Alex Silva Andy VanRassel
Karen and Dave Zwerling Anita and Steve Widmayer
John Calder Linda Holt
Michael and Nancy Kirk Don Krueger
Albert Nelson Janet and Perry Gordon
Sandy and Douglas Richardson Kathy Shapiro
Dee Dee and Alex Silva Charles and Sarah Wheeler
Roger and Charlotte Wong Cindy and Jim Von Tungeln
Rita and Barry Altman Ken and Nancy Bartholic
Karl Bonawitz Helen Bryson
Susan Butler Maria Camino
Elouise Capovanni Jim Carlson
Robert Coffee Dick & Dottie Davis Bird
Rocco and Margaret DeMarco Sue Fair
Carmen Gray Maryelaine Gustafson
Ruby Jackson Eric and Carolyn Kearn
Sue Mamer Dave Marino
Kevin Parten Agnes McClone
Kit Meader Dick Olhoffer
Elaine Payne Doug Peterson
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Julie Arden Pat and Kit Ritz
Kumiko Prchlik/John Sass Edward Schwerdtle
Janice Haddan Betty Simpson
Carol Solomon Sonics & Materials, Inc.
Tailwinds Bicycle Club of Santa Maria David Topping
Gerardo Velazquez George Weberling
Nancy Wilson Aimee Priolo
Doris Bingo Betty Ann Carr
Ron Cartwright Robert & Sally Clark
William Clark Blanca Duarte
Philan Foo Dolores Gitlin
Walt Hatcher III Walt Holdsworth
Jeff Kaylor John Kinley - P&D Aviation
Steve & Erica Kobayashi Carol Lund
Paul & Tara Maull Suzanne McNeil & Bob Harting
Georgette & Jim Pollard Ti Revak
Jeff & Sally Rich Claudia Ried - Shebeest
Jim & Irene Walker Robert Kahler - Santiago Cycling


MAY 2, 1998




Thank you for attending this breakfast to support the

American Lung Association


A Special Thank You

All items donated by IHOP, Western Bagels, Pavilions, Stonecreek Market,
McDonalds, Ralphs, Target and Starbucks


Raffle Prizes Donated by:

Ice Arena of Irvine for 4

Palace Park's Miniature Golf  for 4

Hallmark Gift Certificate

Olive Garden - "Pasta Party" for 6-8

Sarducci’s Restaurant Gift Certificate for 2

Hair Cut by Rumors of Tustin

Make-over by Rumors of Tustin

Edwards Cinema Tickets for 2

LaSalsa Mexican Restaurant - 3 Questidillas

Jax Bicycle Center Gift Certificate

Juice Stop - 2 Gift Certificates and Mug

Chevy’s Mexican Restaurant - Dinner for 2

Mimi's Cafe - Dinner for 2

Nancy’s Candy Gift

Dance Lessons-at "The Complex"

                 $1,000 PLEDGES                      


"To inspire, to give, to care"

Lynne Billie



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