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  1. Our mission is to "End the stigma and suffering for lung cancer patients and caregivers, in memory of Kathleen Matthews".
Ride Hard Breathe Easy was formed in 2017 as a cycling campaign to honor my Mom, Kathleen Matthews.  Mom died of lung cancer in 2011 and when she was very sick, I promised her that I would do something in her memory, and for all lung cancer patients. 
The reason is quite simple.  Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer of women, the number one cancer killer of men in every state in our country.  Early detection is critical to fighting this disease as people diagnosed in Stage 1 are more than three times as likely to live five years than those diagnosed in Stage 4. 
Over the past two years, we have completed a 3,500+ mile ride across the country and an 1,850+ mile ride in the East Coast.  We will do another 1,850+ mile ride starting in August of 2019 and we will have details of this ride by March 1st.  Last year, Terri Ann DiJulio was the first lung cancer survivor to join us.  Terri Ann will join us in 2019 as will Dr. Charles Bakhos, a lung cancer surgeon. 
Our campaign works with The Bonnie J Addario Lung Cancer Foundation and Lung Cancer Alliance, two leading organizations committed to fighting lung cancer every day.  The money we raise goes to programs they lead to help with early detection.  In two years, we have raised over $143,000 to fight this terrible disease.

In November of 2018, Lung Cancer Awareness Month, we had 700+ people from over 20 countries join us to “Ride Around the World” which is 24,901 miles.  We had help from 8 spinning locations from Elkins Spark Fitness, Brick Bodies and the YMCA of Bucks County.  Together, we rode over 61,000 miles and our goal in 2019 is to “Ride to the Moon”, by collecting 238,900 miles on our Ride Hard Breathe Easy Club on Strava.  Our ambition is to have 100,000 people riding a bike for lung cancer patients every November in 2026.

Like the past two years, we will dedicate each day to someone impacted by lung cancer.  I you are interested, we will recognize someone you love if you contact us at  


      Please contact me at if you want to ride, drive, or help, or if you have any questions.  We have dozens of people involved again this year as we follow Mom's famous words that "Many Hands Make Light Work".

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