VIRTUAL Ride to Survive


Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital was set to stage its 10th annual Ride to Survive on September 12, unfortunately due to COVID, the event will now be a virtual event.

We invite riders to register, ride the routes and then send us some photos of their ride to post on our website and Facebook.

"Granted, it won't be quite the same as if we were all participating together, but during this year of COVID we've all had to make some changes," said Holli Ledbetter, Friends Foundation director. "Registered riders will still receive a Ride to Survive t-shirt."

Ledbetter said the routes this year had changed.

"We were looking forward to riders taking on some different scenery this year, and I take a photo of their ride," she said.

The event this year was also going to be a celebration to mark the retirement of the Ride's honorary chair, Dr. Alan P. Lyss. That, too, will take on a virtual form.

Sandy Schilli, Director of the Alan P. Lyss Center for Cancer Care and Clinical Research at SGCMH, said this year’s event, virtual or otherwise, will be bitter sweet as Dr. Lyss retired this year.

“As much as we hated to see him go we want to celebrate and recognize his 29 years of service here at our hospital serving our community and our cancer patients,” Schilli said. “It’s a big deal. People may not realize how important it is to have a doctor spend so many years in a community. It just doesn’t happen in small community cancer centers. We have been unbelievably blessed with his presence in our community. He is an awesome oncologist and we sure miss him.”

Schilli was really looking forward to giving him a celebration.

“He is an amazing, genuine person and I think that’s what patients love about him," she said. "He talks to them as a neighbor or a friend, and the next time you see him he’ll remember that you had a graduation in the family or other event. The personable touch means so much.”

For more information on the Ride to Survive or other Friends Foundation activities, contact Holli Ledbetter at 573-883-7750.

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