‘Wheels for life’ bike-a-thon scheduled for September 21

'Wheels for life' bike-a-thon scheduled for September 21 The Vermillion "Wheels of Life" bike-a-thon will be held on Sunday, Sept. 21 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 ride will start at 1:30 p.m. at Jolley School. Registration will begin 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 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 disease," Johnson said. "St. Jude's is a world leader in the fight against these diseases and they have made great progress because of the help of people like the citizens of Vermillion."

The ride this year will be in memory of Dexter Johnson, a middle school student who died of cancer this year.

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.

It is non-sectarian and treats children without regard to race, religion, creed or ability to pay. ALSAC/St. Jude, the fund-raising arm, covers all costs not covered by insurance for medical treatment rendered at St. Jude. Families without insurance are never asked to pay.

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