The Alpha-1 Foundation is taking part in the American Lung Association of Massachusetts’ annual Autumn Bike Trek to Cape Cod, raising money to increase research and awareness for Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency.
Participants of the bike ride can choose between a two-day, 105-mile bike trek or a three-day, 160 mile ride along the Cape’s coast from Plymouth to Provincetown.
Team “Twin Power,” lead by twins John and Fred Walsh, is biking the 160-mile route for the Alpha-1 foundation. “We’re going to show what twins can do when they combine efforts,” says Fred, Massachusetts AlphaNet coordinator.
Team Twin Power has raised $6,100 so far, putting them halfway to their goal of $12,000. The team is taking donations online through its fundraising page www.firstgiving.com/ateam08.
“I’m taking myself to a new level this year by joining my brother in this great traditional event for Alpha-1 awareness and funding research,” says John, president of the Alpha-1 Foundation.
Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency is a hereditary condition, which may lead to lung disease in adults and/or liver disease in infants, children, and adults. All proceeds raised by Team Twin Power from the “Autumn Escape to the Cape” go to the Alpha-1 foundation.