Trek Women
August 12, 2008

12 HOURS FOR ST. JUDE

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Last weekend the Loveman and I participated in 12 Hrs for St. Jude,  a benefit ride for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  The 12 hour race included male and female solo riders and relay teams.  It was 12 hours filled with food, music, fun for the kids and lots of riding.

St. Jude is unlike any other pediatric treatment and research facility anywhere.  Discoveries made there have completely changed how the world treats children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. The most amazing thing about St. Jude is that no one pays for treatment beyond what is covered by insurance, and those without insurance are never asked to pay.  It's become America's 3rd-largest health-care charity, with a model that keeps the costs down and the funds flowing, so the science never stops.

The founder of the event, Brad Potterfield, was sitting alone in a crowded airport lounge in Atlanta.  He struck up a conversation with a man wearing a  St Jude shirt and asked if he worked for St. Jude. The man said he was visiting his best friend’s son who had a rare form of cancer.  He told him that visiting St. Jude was an incredible experience and one that changed his life. He explained all about the environment for the children, the superior treatment they are given and how the spirits of all who go there are lifted.  This man vowed to be a lifelong supporter. 

After this meeting Brad knew he had to do something to help out and make a difference.  Even though he did not have a life threatening illness affecting his family he knew that it happened to people just like him everyday.  Shortly after he started 12 hrs for St. Jude.   Riding for a cure, raising awareness and saving young lives.  That's what I'm talking about!  Thanks Brad!

             

Comments

I am so glad we can all help to bring visibility to so many great causes.
Thanks,
M

Posted by: Trek Sister Marie | Aug 14, 2008 11:37:51 AM

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