Bike-a-thon is Sept. 19

Bike-a-thon is Sept. 19 Shine up your bikes and make yourself ready for the bike-a-thon to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital on Sunday, Sept. 19.

The ride begins in Vermillion at Jolley School at 1:30 p.m. with a ride to Burbank. Registration will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Walkers and joggers will also be welcome.

Pledge forms will be available at the public schools, Chamber of Commerce office, and the public library.

Various prizes will be awarded with a bike and CD Player for the collection of the most money. Bonds from the local banks will be offered.

Event Coordinator Mary Geffre Johnson said the goal of this event is to help children who are stricken with diseases like cancer, AIDS and sickle cell disease. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 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.

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. 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.

Vermillion's ride will be dedicated to the memory of all children afflicted with cancer. For more information contact Johnson at 624-3747.

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