G. SAM PIATT
July 16, 2012
The Fourth Annual SOMC Hospice Memorial Ride will take place on July 28. Registration will begin at 11am at the SOMC Hospice building on the East Campus, and riders will depart at noon.
The Memorial Ride was created by hospice patient Ricky Bryan, who began planning the ride prior to his death as a way to give back to the program. Since his passing, SOMC has carried on the Memorial Ride as a way to honor not only Ricky, but all bike riders and hospice patients.
“Even though this event is relatively new, it has already received tremendous support from the community,” Sheila Riggs, claims coordinator of Hospice Services, said. “Last year’s Memorial Ride brought out more than 200 motorcycle enthusiasts. We’d like to do just as well, if not better, this year.”
The ride itself sends participants on a 90-mile, police-escorted ride through southern Ohio. All proceeds benefit patients of SOMC Hospice Services.
“We’re always humbled by the outpouring of support SOMC’s hospice program receives from the community. Their generosity is amazing, and the Hospice Memorial Ride is an excellent example of that,” Riggs said.
This year’s ride will feature music from The Don’s, as well as a 50/50 drawing with all proceeds going to hospice. 50/50 tickets are $1 each or $5 for an arm’s length.
Cost of the ride is $20 for a single rider and $25 for a rider and passenger. Participants will also receive a free lunch when the ride returns. Anyone not riding may purchase lunch for $5. There will also be t-shirts on sale for $15.
For more information, SOMC Hospice can be reached at 740-356-2651.
Source: Southern Ohio Medical Center