A Breath of Hope Board Member Gary Brausen was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2011. He never smoked a day in his life, and secondhand smoke wasn’t a factor in his case either.
Oncologists treated Brausen’s case as aggressively as they could. On April 7 that year, doctors removed the affected lung, and Brausen underwent intensive chemotherapy and radiation.
Four years later and down to one lung, Brausen is cancer free. On August 22, 2015, (with 60 to 70 percent of his original lung capacity) he, along with twenty one other bikers, rode from White Bear Lake to Duluth to raise money for A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation through his partner event Bike for Hope.
Other news stories about Gary Brausen and Bike for Hope:
Man bikes 148 miles to Canal Park with one lung (northlandsnewscenter.com)
MN Lung Cancer Survivor Bikes to Inspire (fox21online.com)