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Released January 27, 2004

ST. JUDE'S EVENT SCHEDULED FOR MARCH

HATTIESBURG - St. Jude Children's Research Hospital will hold the Hattiesburg Wheels for Life Bike-A-Thon on Saturday, March 27.

Coordinators for this year's event are Chad Bolles, Stacey Ready and Bill Powe III. All residents and businesses in the area are encouraged to support this community effort.

The event will start at the entrance to the Longleaf Trace at The University of Southern Mississippi on West Fourth Street. Participants can ride as much of the 41-mile trail as they would like. "The event lasts from about 8:30 until noon, but if someone wants to be bold and ride all the way to Prentiss, we definitely encourage that, too," Ready said.

The increase in the overall survival rate of children with cancer from 30 percent to 70 has been made possible through research. The funds from events such as the Hattiesburg Bike-A-Thon make that research possible. The citizens of Hattiesburg 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 Mississippi.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., 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 on St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, please visit www.stjude.org. For information on the bike-a-thon, please contact one of the coordinators. Bolles may be reached at (601)736-1763, and Ready and Powe may be reached at (601)266-5405.

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