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Children will ride to save lives

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CANNELTON – “We Ride To Save Lives” is again the motto of the Cannelton Schools Bike-athon for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at Myers Grade School.

The ride is the 36th annual bike-athon, and is sponsored by the Cannelton Teachers Association.

Cannelton police officers will be there to direct traffic and lead riders on the 10-mile route, and other adults will be there to supervise. Those who will be riding tricycles or bikes with training wheels will ride on a small route on the back playground at Myers.

All of the student bike-athon riders must be sponsored and those younger than 18 must have the signed permission of their guardians. Adults may be sponsored or may ride along to help supervise.

The ride’s focus is to raise money to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s efforts to save lives of children who have cancer and other catastrophic diseases, explained bike-athon chairwoman Joan Goble.

“We feel it is important to support St. Jude Hospital because it does not charge families who do not have insurance or other means to pay for their children’s treatment,” she said. “The money for their treatment must come from donations and fundraising events such as this bike-athon.”

“Also, St. Jude Hospital is a research hospital, working to find new and improved treatments around the clock,” she added.

As an incentive for students to participate, prizes will be given.

Anyone who raises $35 will receive a St. Jude Hospital T-shirt. All who raise $75 or more will receive the shirt and a backpack. Riders raising $150 or more receive those items and a camp stool.

The Cannelton classroom with the highest percentage of riders will receive a trophy to keep in their room, and the class raising the most money will earn a pizza party. Goble said participants do not have to be from Cannelton schools to ride.

“All who raise money for this bike-athon know they are saving lives,” she said.

Anyone who would like to sponsor a rider, donate to the ride or who has any questions may contact Goble at 547-4126.