3000 for 3000: A Dollar per K!
As mentioned in our first post, we are not only out to have a good time cycling across Central and Eastern Europe. We have also committed to fundraising for the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation during our trip in hopes of raising $3000 US. We figure we will cycle close to 3000 km along the Danube and want to raise one dollar for every kilometre. We know that’s more than the price of gasoline! But it’s for a better cause than global warming, right? All donations will be used towards funding international research projects and conferences dedicated to finding a cure for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and easing the lives of individuals and families affected by the lung disease. We strongly encourage anyone and everyone to contribute to this cause. We greatly appreciate anything that anyone is able to offer!
Our interest in fundraising for this particular cause stems from Ezra Anton being personally affected by the horrible disease. Both Ezra’s grandfather Bob Saalfeld and mother Jan Saalfeld passed away from interstitial pulmonary fibrosis. He lost his mother just over a year ago on April 20, 2010, and we dedicate this fundraiser to her honour and memory.
You’re probably wondering how to donate already. Alright, alright! Simply go to our Black to Black Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Fundraiser Crowdrise project page and click on the orange “Donate” button on the right side of the screen. A window will pop up that allows you to make donations online with a credit card. You simply need to fill in the information and click donate. At the time of writing this post, we have only setup online donations, but we will soon be providing other options if you want to donate by other methods.
In addition to fundraising, Ezra wants to do all he can to raise awareness about pulmonary fibrosis during the trip. He plans to use this blog as a portal to educate people about the disease, how it has affected him personally, how to live a lifestyle that supports healthy lungs and how to support causes that will lead to cleaner air for us all. His hope is that everyone can be out on a bicycle with their lungs happily pumping and enjoying fresh air that circulates through every bit of their bodies!