Local lung disease sufferer to cycle for 4 hours to raise awareness

A Gold Coast lung disease sufferer is set to push himself to the limit this Friday to raise awareness and funds for lung disease research.

Despite being diagnosed with a debilitating and progressive lung disease called Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) three years ago, Doug McSwain is set to take part in Lung Foundation Australia’s 4 hour corporate cycle challenge.

“I want to personally demonstrate in the only way I feel able, that ordinary people can, in difficult circumstance, do some extraordinary things. Though I may not be the quickest, I am determined to cycle for the entire 4 hours,” Doug said.


While many people with COPD struggle to make a cup of tea due to the debilitating nature of the disease, Doug has been participating in Lung Foundation Australia’s exercise program which now sees him cycle 70 kilometres 3 days a week on a customized three-wheel bike.

Lung Foundation Australia CEO Ms Heather Allan told myGC Doug is proof of the need for research funding to help improve the health outcomes and quality of life for people with lung disease. “Doug has been training hard to take part in our cycle event and we look forward to seeing him and the Cura Care team take to the track,” she said

“It is our hope that Doug’s inspirational story will help us raise $100,000 toward lung disease research, which will help improve outcomes and the quality of life for people with a lung disease.

“Lung disease, including thoracic cancers and chronic respiratory diseases, is the second leading cause of death in Australia1, yet publicity, empathy, research and funding remain extremely low. We need to make lung disease a priority and to do this we need the backing from the community to help raise the profile of this neglected disease.”

The Gold Coast community can get behind Doug and show their support by donating online to the Corporate Cycle Challenge at lungfoundation.com.au/cycledonate.