Bike-a-thon is Sept. 27 in Wakonda

Bike-a-thon is Sept. 27 in Wakonda The Wakonda "Wheels For Life" Bike-A-Thon to be held on Sept. 27 has been announced by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Coordinator for this year's event is Jane Luxem who encourages all residents and businesses to support this community effort.

The bike-a-thon will be held on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to noon in Wakonda. Registration begins in the Wakonda School parking lot at 9:30 a.m. The rain date will be Saturday, Oct. 4. Persons interested in participating can pick up their registration forms at the Wakonda Community Library or by contacting Luxem at 605-267-2100.

The increase in 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 Wakonda Bike-A-Thon make that research possible. The citizens of Wakonda work hand in hand with the researchers, technicians and doctors at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to provide treatments and cures for children of catastrophic diseases.

Due to the overwhelming importance of the research conducted at the hospital, St. Jude freely shares its new treatments and research findings with doctors and hospitals around the world including those in South Dakota.

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. 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.

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