SGCMH Friends Foundation Ride to Survive set for September 11


SGCMH Friends Foundation Ride to Survive set for September 11

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Ste. Genevieve, MO - The Friends Foundation at Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital is looking forward to its 11th annual Ride to Survive on September 11, especially after its event last year was limited due to COVID restrictions.

“We were planning a big ride last year in honor of our 10th anniversary, but COVID got in the way of that,” said Holli Ledbetter, director of the Friends Foundation. “So this year, while we will still practice social distancing, we hope to have the same amount of pizazz that we were planning last year.”

A new starting location, bike routes and logo will all freshen the event, Ledbetter explained.

“We’ll kick off the ride at the Valle Dessert (305 Merchant Street), right in the heart of the community,” she said. “Thanks to avid cyclists Jerry Bergtholdt and Andrew Naeger, we have new routes that still cover beautiful countryside, but will leave out a few of the hills. It’s still challenging enough for the die-hard riders, but doable for the casual rider.”

Registration on day of the event will begin at 7:30 am with the ride itself starting at 8:00 am Ledbetter said an unexpected guest will provide opening remarks for the event.

“Dr. Alan Lyss was so dedicated to providing cancer care to Ste. Genevieve that even though he has retired, he is still going to be a part of this year’s ride,” she said. “We’re very excited that he’s going to join us. Dr. Lyss along with our current oncologists and nurses, provide such a high level of compassionate care along with opportunities for clinical trials. Our cancer center staff cares for our neighbors, friends, sisters and cousins—these are people that would do anything for you to make sure you get the best cancer care you can get.”

The center is referred to as the “smallest cancer research facility across the country” as part of a community outreach program through Missouri Baptist Cancer Center (MBCC), which is a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Community Clinical Oncology Program (CCOP). Only 63 community hospitals across the nation can boast this prestigious designation from the NCI.

“It is an honor to be a part of such a prestigious and quality program and offer optimal, state-of-the-art cancer care to our community,” stated Sandy Schilli, BSN, RN, OCN, director of Oncology department.

Schilli also praised the many oncology patients who participate in clinical trials.

“Their willingness to participate is so important in advancing cancer care in many cases for themselves, but also for future patients with cancer who will benefit from the knowledge gained from current clinical trials.”

Given the current COVID situation, Ledbetter says it’s more important now than ever that people pay attention to their health and help support each other.

 “So many people have put their health and wellness on the back burner,” she said. “We encourage everyone to come out participate in the Ride to Survive and to schedule a wellness check during “Get Your Loved One to the Doctor Week, so we can make sure our community continues to thrive in health and wellness with our support.”

Participants can choose from the 5K Run/Walk or 8-, 15- or 30-mile rides. The cost for each is $25 and includes a t-shirt. Online registration is available by visiting For more information, Ledbetter can be reached by calling 573-883-7725 or email at

The Get Your Loved One to the Doctor Week starts September 27 and runs through October 1. Make a difference in the lives of your loved ones and friends, schedule a wellness check with an SGCMH provider to support your family and community.  For each appointment scheduled St. Vincent DePaul receives a donation.  Schedule appointments by September 15.  For more information, call your SGCMH provider.

Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital is a nonprofit county owned community hospital that works to continue to improve the health and well-being of the community. Our professional staff uses advanced technology and medicine to provide excellent, personalized, and compassionate healthcare. For more information on Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital, visit


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