2008-07-25 / Community

'Shevy' Ready To Ride For A Cure

By Nicholas Briano

Ed "Shevy" Shevlin stands outside Jameson's Pub last Friday at his fundraiser for "Shevy's Ride for Breath." Ed "Shevy" Shevlin stands outside Jameson's Pub last Friday at his fundraiser for "Shevy's Ride for Breath." Rockaway's favorite biker, Ed "Shevy" Shevlin, is at it again. This time he is riding to Newfoundland to once again raise money for the research and fight against cystic fibrosis.

Last year Shevlin rode his Harley cross-country from Rockaway Beach, New York to Rockaway Beach, Oregon and raised $16,000 along the way. He kept his own personal travel diary documenting his adventure and is planning to do the same this year.

This year's journey will bring Shevlin up north to Maine and across into Canada and eventually Newfoundland, totaling more than 4,000 miles taking an estimated three weeks, leaving on July 23.

Shevy hosted his send off party and fundraiser at Jameson's Pub and Restaurant in Belle Harbor last Friday.

Cystic fibrosis hits home for Shevlin. He finds his inspiration in the life of an 18-month-baby, Anthony Smith, who is suffering from the disease and whose father, Erick, has completed his second deployment in Iraq as a staff sergeant.

"Shevy stands outside with a couple of his supporters. "Shevy stands outside with a couple of his supporters. "His sick baby is at home," Shevlin said. "I figured if he could go away and fight for our country I can stay home and fight for this baby."

Shevlin promised, as he did on last year's road trip, that he would keep in touch and provide his travel diary to The Wave as he went along.

As a Rockaway resident, Shevlin makes a living as a sanitation worker by day and is a full-time history major by night. "Shevy's Ride for Breath II" is his second trip for the disease.

Cystic fibrosis is a disease that affects 30,000 people in the United States and 30,000 more in other countries. According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF), the disease causes the body to produce abnormally thick mucus, clogging the airways and often leads to life-threatening lung infections. Cystic fibrosis also obstructs the pancreas, preventing the absorption and digestion of food. People afflicted with this disease normally don't live past their 30s.

All proceeds will go to finding a cure.

Anyone interested in making a taxdeductible contribution can do so by contacting Shevlin on his myspace page at www.myspace.com/shevysride, where he will provide a web link to make a donation.

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