7th annual Ride to Survive draws over 100 participants


Slide show from the Ride

There was a rider who rode six months after his heart attack; a rider who celebrated being cancer-free for four years; and countless riders who just wanted to support the cause. Whatever their motive, one hundred-plus bikers, runners and walkers participated in the 7th Annual Ride to Survive to benefit cancer treatment, education and research at Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital (SGCMH).
Tom Keim, SGCMH CEO, greeted the crowd.

“It’s because of you that we as a community hospital are able to sustain and build services,” he said. “Our mission every day is to put people first, and that means we want to provide excellent and compassionate healthcare to our community.”
Keim also said it was a special day because Dr. Alan Lyss, oncologist, marks his 25th year providing cancer care at SGCMH.

“For 25 years, Dr. Lyss has been coming to our community, and it will be 10 years that we named our oncology department in his honor,” Keim said. “I can’t even begin to say how special a person you are for this hospital and for the patients and community that you serve. You make this a great facility. You’ve heard me say that we are the smallest cancer research hospital in the United States, and that’s because of the work that Dr. Lyss does for us.”

Dr. Lyss (pictured at right), in his opening remarks, talked about what’s special to him about coming to Ste. Genevieve.

“I am enormously grateful for the opportunity to work with Sandy Schlli and her great staff,” Dr. Lyss said. “What they deliver in terms of the care, professionalism, intellect and the accessibility to you simply cannot be overstated. I’ve been lucky to work with your outstanding medical staff who handle issues of phenomenal complexity with great ease. The fact that we’re able to provide cancer research trials here in Ste. Genevieve has been tremendously important. But clearly, my favorite thing about coming here is the opportunity to sit across from all of you; to sit across from families and feel the warmth, loving and caring radiate from one person to another.”

Keim through in a fun fact about Dr. Lyss—he’s clocked over 84,000 miles traveling back and forth to Ste. Genevieve the past 25 years. He also took a few moments for acknowledgements.

“I’d like to thank the Friends Foundation for the tremendous job of helping us raise money that allows us to make a difference in our community,” he said. We appreciate the support of Mississippi Lime, who came forward seven years ago when we started the Ride to Survive and supports us with so many things. Thanks also to Bloomsdale Bank, Scott Naeger, route coordinator, Save-A-Lot, Midwest Marketing, Eric Basler and Basler Funeral Home, The Ste. Genevieve Police and Sheriff’s departments, Ste. Genevieve Ambulance District, and the many volunteers from the hospital that are here to help and make this a special day.

Following the Ride, organizers drew the winner of the patio set, provided by the SGCMH medical staff. Congratulations to Dennis Grass.

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