Local bike-a-thon to benefit St. Jude Hospital The Vermillion "Wheels of Life" bike-a-thon will be held on Sunday, Sept. 15, to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN.
Mary Geffre Johnson, coordinator for this year's event, encourages all residents and businesses to support the community effort.
The event will start at 1:30 p.m. with registration beginning at 12:30 p.m. The ride will take 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. Nygren's Tru Valu will donate the bike. Bonds will be awarded by local banks. After the ride a picnic will be held for all participants.
"Our goal to increase the overall survival rate of children with cancer from 30 percent to 70 percent has been made possible through research. The funds from events like the Vermillion bike-a-thon make that research possible. The citizens of Vermillion work hand and hand with the researchers, technicians, and doctors at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to provide treatments and cures for children of catastrophic diseases," Johnson said.
St. Jude freely shares its new treatments and research findings with doctors and hospitals around the world including those in our state.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 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.
The hospital's work is supported through funds raised by the American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities (ALSAC). ALSAC covers all costs not covered by insurance for medical treatment rendered at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Families without insurance are never asked to pay. For more information, please visit www.stjude.org. or phone 624-3747.