Mid Coast Hospital Cycling Team Raises $12,000 for American Lung Association

Eighteen riders on Mid Coast Hospital's cycling team completed the American Lung Association's three-day, 180-mile Trek Across Maine over the Father's Day weekend, raising more than $12,000 in the process for the association.

In all, the 27th annual event raised more than $1.8 million for pulmonary research and clean air projects. According to the American Lung Association website, nearly 90% of the funds raised stay in our local [Maine] community and the remainder supports nationwide education and research.

"The weather was absolutely beautiful for the ride," said team captain Cate Parker, RN, of Mid Coast's Quality & Safety department.

Team members kicked off from Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry on Friday, spent overnights at the University of Maine at Farmington and Colby College in Waterville, and ended at Steamboat Landing Park in Belfast Sunday.

"The highlight for our team was arriving in the tent city set up at Colby at the end our second leg and being cheered and greeted by our CEO Lois Skillings," said Parker, who is a certified clinical exercise specialist. "That level of support meant so much to us."

The majority of the team made the journey to Sunday River Thursday evening on a bus donated by Bath Bus Service for the occasion.

"It is really something we all want to do again," said Parker, who is team captain again for next year's event. "Everyone came back pumped up about the Trek and we want to double the size of our team for next year."