Cy­clist to ride coast to coast to raise funds for re­search

Serve Daily - - EMPOWERING LIBERTY - By Robert Bri­g­ance Jr.

On May 25, Springville res­i­dent Robert Bri­g­ance Jr. will leave San Fran­cisco, Calif., for Jack­sonville, Fla., via York­town, Va., to raise aware­ness of and re­search funds for Al­pha-1 An­tit­rypsin De­fi­ciency. Al­pha-1 has no cure at this time and is an in­her­ited ge­netic dis­ease.

Many in­di­vid­u­als with Al­pha-1 do not know they are living with it un­til tested. Af­fected in­di­vid­u­als can ex­pe­ri­ence se­ri­ous lung dis­ease as adults or liver dis­ease at any age. The most com­mon lung symptoms of Al­pha-1 are short­ness of breath, wheez­ing, chronic cough and spu­tum (phlegm) pro­duc­tion, and re­cur­ring chest colds. Symptoms re­lated to the liver are eyes and skin turn­ing yel­low (jaun­dice), swelling of the ab­domen and vom­it­ing blood or pass­ing blood in the stool. The good news is that testing is avail­able via your fam­ily physi­cian. Early di­ag­no­sis can help an Al­pha (an in­di­vid­ual living with the dis­ease), con­sider dif­fer­ent life­styles, pro­fes­sions or other per­sonal de­ci­sions that could main­tain or im­prove their health. Learn more at www.al­pha-1.org.

Dona­tions can be made at www.Build­ingFriends­foraCure. kin­tera. org/ rb­transam2015. All dona­tions go to Al­pha-1 re­search.

Robert has ex­tended fam­ily in Mary­land with Al­pha-1. Th­ese fam­ily mem­bers in­clude two tod­dlers born with this ge­netic de­fi­ciency who have a full life ahead of them but will need care­ful man­age­ment of their con­di­tion. There is a grow­ing na­tion­wide com­mu­nity as new di­ag­noses are made.

Robert is an avid cy­clist with over 20 years of rid­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in­clud­ing nu­mer­ous events in­clud­ing fundrais­ing rides for mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis; com­mut­ing to work; day-tour­ing Idaho, Ari­zona and Cal­i­for­nia; and a week-long tour of South­ern Utah’s na­tional parks. He also rides oc­ca­sion­ally with the Boat Dock Ban­dits cy­cling club in Utah County.

When con­tem­plat­ing his 4,236 mile Tran­sAm tour, Bri­g­ance wanted to com­bine his per­sonal cel­e­bra­tion of re­tire­ment, health, faith, fam­ily and love of cy­cling with a greater pur­pose. Al­pha-1 came to mind, needed con­tacts were made and the rest is his­tory.

Photo by Linda Bri­g­ance

Springville res­i­dent and cy­clist Robert Bri­g­ance Jr. is shown on a typ­i­cal train­ing day. Bri­g­ance will cy­cle from coast to coast be­gin­ning May 25 to raise aware­ness about and re­search funds for Al­pha-1 An­tit­rypsin De­fi­ciency, a dis­ease which can re­sult in se­ri­ous lung and liver dis­ease.

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