Local bike-a-thon will benefit St. Jude Hospital The Vermillion "Wheels for Life" bike-a-thon will be held on Sunday, Sept. 17 to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN.
Coordinator for this year's event is Mary Geffre Johnson who encourages all residents and businesses to support this community effort.
The event will start at Jolley School, 224 South University Street, at 1:30 p.m. with registration beginning at 12:30 p.m. The ride will take the bikers to Burbank and return. Walkers and joggers of all ages are encouraged to take part in this worthy cause.
Area citizens are encouraged to sponsor riders with pledges or donations. Several incentive prizes will be awarded with a 10-speed bike and boom box as top prizes. Bonds will be awarded by local banks. After the ride a picnic will be held for all participants.
"Our goal in holding this event is to help the children of the world who are stricken with diseases like cancer, AIDS and sickle cell anemia. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is a world leader in the fight against these diseases, and they have made great progress, but only because of the help of people like the citizens of Vermillion," Johnson said.
The ride this year will be conducted in memory of children afflicted with cancer this past year.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas. The hospital is an internationally recognized biomedical research hospital dedicated to finding cures for the catastrophic diseases of childhood. The hospital's work is supported through funds raised by events such as the bike-a-thon.
All patients are treated regardless of their ability to pay. The hospital covers all costs of treatment beyond those reimbursed by third party insurers and total costs for families who have no insurance.
For more information about the bike ride, telephone 624-3747.