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