“Just breathe.” It’s become a mantra in our multi-tasking, mile-a-minute society.
But if you have Cystic Fibrosis, it can be difficult just TO breathe.
Cystic fibrosis is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time.https://www.cff.org/What-is-CF/About-Cystic-Fibrosis/
I don’t ride my bike as often as I used to, but I do participate in the Cystic Fibrosis Cycle for Life event in Cincinnati every fall. I’ll be riding a 32-mile route, which is no small feat for an old man with creaky knees pedaling a rusty (but trusty) bike.
Sure, my lungs will be burning a bit, especially on the hills. But that’s a not-so-subtle reminder of the challenges that folks with CF face on a daily basis. As I pedal, I’ll be thinking of the people I know who are affected by this disease: John’s daughter, Walter’s stepson, Paul’s niece and nephew…
I’m sure you know someone battling CF too. If you feel so inclined, I hope you’ll donate to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and support me in my ride. You can do so here:
If you can’t swing it, no worries. Either way, I know you’ll be rooting for me to ride like this:
Even though I’ll really look more like this: