This is the question that I was most often asked during my pledge-raising efforts. I had two answers. Because I work for Occidental Petroleum (OXY), I often and quite simply told people that I am doing the ride because I'm an oxy-moron! (Get it?) The other answer is truthful, deeper and way too serious.
The American Lung Association is the nation's oldest volunteer health organization. They support vital programs for education, research and advocacy for lung disease (such as asthma, emphysema, bronchitis and lung cancer). It feels good to be part of the solution and not part of the problem.
My ride is a memorial to an old girlfriend that died of lung cancer at the way-too-young age of 24. I met Jennifer Larson when I started working for Mobil Oil, in Dallas, right after graduate school. We were working together in the geophysical training program (back when oil companies invested money in employees). She had never smoked a cigarette and grew up in Montana, in an area known for big, blue skies. A 'spot' was detected on her pre-employment chest X-ray. About 3 years later, after a long battle against the disease, she died.
Jennifer can't breathe anymore. For her, nothing else matters. For Scott, this ride is an opportunity to challenge himself, pretend to be retired, and contribute to an organization that is helping the Jennifer Larson's of the world.