Strap on your cycling shoes, lock into your clip-ins, adjust your helmet, and get ready to peddle to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® this fall.
St. Jude Ride, a 24-hour relay cycling event that unites bike enthusiasts and riders of all ages in the fight against childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases, will cruise through downtown Memphis beginning at 6:00 p.m., October 23.
Riders will bike on a closed course on Riverside Drive and camp at Tom Lee Park near the Mississippi River for 24 hours of live music, great food, and cycling fun, all in support of the mission of St. Jude: Finding cures. Saving children.®
“Despite great progress, this year parents of 16,000 children in the U.S. will hear the words, ‘Your child has cancer,’ and one in five of those children diagnosed won’t survive,” said Chris Boysen, senior vice president for ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “This event is one of the many ways supporters can get involved and help St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital save the lives of children battling cancer and other life- threatening diseases. Funds raised by St. Jude Ride participants will help ensure families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing, or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.”
As a St. Jude Rider, each participant is required to raise a minimum of $200 for St. Jude. In return the rider will receive a St. Jude Ride event t-shirt, a personal fundraising coach to help them reach their goal, a personalized fundraising page, incentives based on fundraising success, and much more. Riders are encouraged to recruit family, friends, and co-workers to form teams to share in the cycling fun.
“I have participated in this event as a rider for four years, and it is such a pleasure to watch it grow. We hope everyone in the tristate area will join us in October for this family-friendly and inspiring experience, Boysen added.“ We encourage riders of all levels to register today and begin raising funds now. We are incredibly grateful to this community of riders, donors, sponsors, crew and volunteers, who will each play a significant role in making the St. Jude Ride a success.”
To register, form a team, donate, or learn more, visit stjude.org/ride.