Baird takes on lung disease with bike ride

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Published: 8/10/2016 5:26:23 PM

John Baird of Rindge spends a lot of his time as an EMT serving people who are suffering from lung cancer and lung disease. After all, lung cancer is the most deadly form of cancer out there, according to the American Cancer Society. And when Baird’s father died of lung cancer at the age of 74, it really hit home. 

“It’s definitely a personal thing,” Baird said. 

With that in mind, Baird signed up for the American Lung Association’s Autumn Escape fundraising bike ride last year. Though the cause was personal, the decision to join was made somewhat on a whim, as Baird was at a 5K race and just decided to sign up on the spot.

“There were a lot of anxious moments last year,” Baird said, “saying ‘What have I gotten myself into?’ But it was a very well-supported ride.”

Baird is now in the process of raising $1,000 in sponsorships for this fall’s ride, a 160-mile trek from Plymouth to Provincetown, Massachusetts.

“My feeling is that almost everybody knows someone who suffers from lung disease,” Baird said. “This is a great way for people to get invloved with a small donation that’s tax-deductible. If you pull a small amount of money from a lot of people, it’s a great way to affect change.”

Baird also has two fundraising events coming up. On Saturday, he’ll host a paint night at the Jaffrey American Legion at 6 p.m. For those who sign up at a cost of $30, an instructor will guide them through creating a painting of their own.

On Sunday, he’ll host a bake sale at the Rindge Wal-Mart from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

To get involved or for more information, call Baird at 899-3291 or visit

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