Local ‘Wheels for Life’ bike-a-thon is Sept. 16

Local 'Wheels for Life' bike-a-thon is Sept. 16 The Vermillion "Wheels for Life" bike-a-thon will be held Sunday, Sept. 16.

Coordinator for this year's event is Mary Geffre Johnson, who encourages all residents and businesses to support this community effort.

The ride will start at Jolley School with registration at 12:30 p.m. The ride begins at 1:30 p.m. to Burbank and back. Participants may ride, roller blade, jog or walk the route.

In the Wheels for Life event, participants ask sponsors to make donations based on each mile completed. All participants turning in money will receive a certificate. Those who raise $35 or more will receive a certificate and a special St. Jude t-shirt.

A bicycle donated by True Value, $50 savings bonds from local banks, a jam box and other prizes donated by Vermillion merchants will be offered.

Pledge blanks are available from the schools, the Vermillion Public Library or from Johnson at 624-3747.

Following the ride a picnic will be held for the riders.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN, was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas. The hospital is an internationally recognized biomedical research center dedicated to finding cures for catastrophic diseases of childhood.

St. Jude patients are treated regardless of their ability to pay. All costs of treatment are paid for by American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities (ALSAC). ALSAC covers all costs of treatment beyond those reimbursed by third party insurers, and the total costs for families who have no insurance.

Johnson announced this ride will be held for all children who have been afflicted with cancer.

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