• Forever Lungs

    Two women. Two bikes.

    One epic cycle across Canada for Pulmonary Fibrosis.


    $10,000 fundraising goal

  • Over 17,000 Canadians Affected

    Pulmonary Fibrosis Research Can Help People Catch Their Breath Before its Too Late!

    Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a progressive and chronic lung disease with a poor

    long-term prognosis. It affects 17,000 Canadians yearly, yet often gets misdiagnosed.

    Over time, lung tissue becomes scarred and changes the lung's ability to function normally. This makes it progressively difficult to breathe and deliver oxygen to the body.

    The exact cause is unknown and while there are treatments that can slow down the progression, there is no cure.

  • Who We Are

    Julie Ann and Olivia

    University teammates and roommates, we first met playing soccer at a University in Pennsylvania at the tender age of 19. Despite living in different countries after graduation, we have been close friends ever since. The idea to cycle across Canada to raise money for IPF, came to us back in 2006. At the time however, it was not possible to make this a reality. Since then, the idea has always been on our minds. After the passing of Ettore Mendicino in 2014 and the diagnosis of friends and family members with IPF, we knew that the time was now!

    Julie Ann Chiodo

    Julie Ann Chiodo is cyclist enthusiast, elementary school teacher, soccer coach and volunteer. She's excited to be doing her part to raise awareness about this life threatening condition.

    Olivia Mendicino

    Cycling had to be put on the back burner for a while after moving back to Ontario and having two children, but Olivia never forgot her passion for the sport. Above is a photo of a cycling day tour in Ontario of 2012.

    True Friends Breathe Joy Into Your Life

    We hope that you'll help us to do the same for the thousands of individuals and families struggling with Pulmonary Fibrosis.

  • Who We're Riding For

    Carmen ​Ragno

    Julie Ann's Uncle

    Carmen was first diagnosed with IPF in 2014. In February of 2018, Carmen received a lung transplant. He is currently recovering and doing well. Carmen says that he now has a new birthday on February 7th, 2018 and so many reasons to celebrate!

    Ettore Mendicino

    In loving memory of Olivia's father

    Ettore passed away from IPF in October of 2014. He was first diagnosed in 2009, however his quality of life began to decline a year before his death. He was a hard working, humorous family man, who loved carpentry, soccer, wine making as well as spoiling his two granddaughters.

  • Facts About Our Ride

    4,618 km

    Distance to travel


    Number of Days to Cycle


    Money to raise for IPF research


    Number of Provinces to Cross

    160 km

    Distance to bike daily


    Estimated calories burned per person, per day.

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  • Disclaimer

    If we for any reason cannot complete the distance of our trip, we will contact every donor individually and give them the opportunity for a complete refund. As 100% of the proceeds will be going to support Pulmonary Fibrosis Research, donors will also be given the option to maintain their desired dontation amount.