The Scarborough and both Boston offices teamed up this year for the 31st Trek Across Maine, an inspiring three day event that benefits the American Lung Association (ALA). Starting on June 19th, fifteen riders representing Stantec joined over 2,000 other cyclists on a 180-mile route across the state of Maine. The Stantec riders have been training and fundraising for the Trek for months and their hard work really paid off, not only during the race but also in their fundraising efforts—surpassing their goal by raising an impressive $9,400!
The Trek Across Maine is the ALA’s signature event and over $22 million has been raised for healthier lungs since its inception. The ALA supports education, advocacy, and research for lung diseases including asthma, lung cancer, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This is important work, in the US lung cancer is the number one cause of cancer deaths and COPD is the third overall leading cause of death across men and women.
This year was team captain Terri Omatick’s tenth time completing the 180 mile journey, riding in honor of her father who suffered from COPD and lung cancer. She described her experience out on the roads: “As I chatted with riders and volunteers along the route and throughout the weekend, I am amazed at how many come back year after year to participate. I guess I shouldn’t be as I keep coming back myself. I enjoy the camaraderie and support throughout the weekend and it always feels like one big family coming back together for a great cause.”