Hospice Charity Bike Ride
St. Luke’s Hospice Announces Inaugural “Let Me Go” Charity Bike Ride
Inspired by Former Lehigh Valley Resident on Quest to Raise Hospice Awareness with 7,500 Mile, Cross-Continental Cycling Trip
Bethlehem, PA (2/10/2011) - When John-William (JW) Frye’s mother, Tara Mullin Wright, was a patient of St. Luke’s Hospice in 2006, JW was touched by the care and support his mother and family received.
“I will never forget the tireless work of hospice,” says Frye. “They cared not only physically for my mother as she died, they loved and nurtured an entire family back to life.”
To give back to hospice for the strength provided when the family needed it most, JW decided while riding his bicycle to embark on a remarkable journey – a journey that has become "Let Me Go; One Bike One Cause 7500 miles."
He has accepted his own challenge to complete a nearly eight thousand mile, cross-continental trip, spanning Key West, Florida to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, to raise awareness and funds for St. Luke’s Hospice while showing himself, and many others, the very best of what he is and what he strives to be.
“This trip empowers me with the sense that I get to pay forward the remarkable gifts that were freely given to me and my family by St. Luke’s Hospice,” says Frye.
“One myth we face is that hospice is for people with no hope,” shares Keith Boroch, President, Visiting Nurse Association of St. Luke’s. “With hospice, the miracle is not in the cure, it is in the caring. Because patients get relief from pain and other symptoms, and their families are supported by a caring hospice team, they can choose how they will spend their final weeks or months of life. This means they can share quality family time and have a meaningful, dignified, peaceful end-of-life experience.”
Boroch continued, “To see that the care St. Luke’s Hospice provided to JW’s mother and his family had such a great impact on a fine young man like JW, is to see hospice care at it’s finest. We fully support his mission and applaud him for his deeply personal commitment to benefit hospice and those whose lives are touched by hospice care.”
JW’s vision of “One Bike, One Cause” has inspired St. Luke’s to hold a ride of its own - the Inaugural “Let Me Go” Charity Bike Ride to benefit St. Luke’s Hospice. As JW travels through the Lehigh Valley, local residents will be able to join him in his hospice quest.
The Inaugural “Let Me Go” Charity Bike Ride to benefit St. Luke’s Hospice will be held at 9 am on April 2, 2011, beginning and ending at the Bob Rodale Cycling and Fitness Park, Trexlertown, PA. All levels of riders are welcome and participants can choose their ride – 11, 25 or 62 miles.
Children ages 13 and younger are welcome to participate in the Ryan’s Tree Ride for Kids, also beginning at 2 pm on April 2. All proceeds from the Kids’ ride will benefit Ryan’s Tree for Grieving Children, a guided, peer-support group of St. Luke’s Hospice for children and adolescents, ages 5–18, grieving the loss of a family member or friend.
Phil Esempio, current board member and past president, of the Lehigh Valley Wheelmen Association, acknowledged that cycling is a strong, and growing, sport in the Valley since he started cycling in 1980. “To raise awareness of hospice through cycling is an effort that should be applauded,” he said.
Linda Moller, director, St. Luke’s Hospice, expressed her sincere gratitude for JW and his dedication to the mission of hospice. “Hospice provides compassionate end of life care; care that focuses on the quality and value of life with the encouragement to enjoy the relationships and activities most important to our patients and their families” says Moller. “We are so grateful that JW is honoring St. Luke’s Hospice, as well as raising awareness of hospice care, on his cycling journey. We wish him good weather and a safe journey as he completes his mission.”
Registration is required for the Inaugural “Let Me Go” Charity Bike Ride to benefit St. Luke’s Hospice. For more information including pricing and route information or to register, visit http://www.bikereg.com/events/register.asp?eventid=12298.
For more information on Let Me Go, visit www.onebikeonecause.org.
For more information on St. Luke’s Hospice, visit www.slhn.org/hospice.