Beautiful day for a Ride


Ride to Survive slide show
The Fifth Annual Ride to Survive was met with beautiful weather and much better road conditions than the original date. Organizers say about 130 participants had registered for the event to benefit cancer care at Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital, but due to the one-week postponement, about 100 actually took part in the event.

Rita Brumfield (at left), SGCMH Chief Nurse Officer, gave a brief welcome.

“The funds raised from the Ride stay at Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital,” she said. “Some of these funds will be used directly to fund start up kits for our cancer patients as they enter their programs. A portion of the funds will be used for cancer screenings. This year we’re doing special lung cancer screenings, which help in identifying cancer early. If it’s identified early, then treatment is much more successful. These funds will also assist in the purchase of 3D mammography equipment for our breast specialist Dr. Theresa Cavins. Again, this will help us to identify breast cancer more quickly, thus allowing patients to begin cancer care earlier and improve outcomes. We appreciate your support. “

Dr. Alan Lyss, medical director of oncology care at SGCMH, was unable to attend the event, but he was there in spirit and spoke remotely to participants.

“It’s really remarkable that Dr. Shafqat and I have been coming to Ste. Genevieve to provide services to cancer patients for almost 24 years” he said. “Ste. Genevieve has had consistency and commitment from us and that’s important. It’s also compatible with the consistency and commitment with the hospital board of trustees, administration, medical staff and oncology staff. We are inspired by them. Because of their unwavering support and your consistency and commitment, our program, like so many of the patients in Ste. Genevieve, has survived and thrived.”

Dr. Lyss said that today we are on the brink of a new golden age in cancer care.

“There are more exciting new developments in cancer treatment than ever before in my career,” he said. “Because of our involvement in clinical research, members of your community are positioned to benefit from those developments, including innovative new drugs which harness the immune system in very creative ways to destroy cancer cells and improve outcomes for patients.”

He also took the opportunity to plead the case for clinical trial involvement.

“If you have an opportunity to do so, please, please, please encourage every friend, family member or acquaintance with cancer to enroll in a clinical trial if they are offered the chance to participate,” he said. “It enables all of us to get tomorrow’s treatments today.”

Sandy Schilli, BSN, RN, OCN and Director of Oncology at SGCMH  (pictured far left), said that with more than 14.5 million cancer survivors a year, chances are most of us know someone who has been affected by cancer.

“Many of you have a personal connection to someone who has motivated you to run, walk or bike today,” she said. “We celebrate survivors, we honor loved ones and we raise awareness. So thank you for celebrating with us today. It is a privilege to serve our patients, those who live in our community and those who travel from as far away as St. Louis and Cape Girardeau. The work that we do at here is sometimes challenging, but it’s always gratifying.”

Vernon Bader, who spawned the idea for the Ride five years ago, thanked everyone for participating and alerted them to some road conditions that were still causing trouble spots along the route and to watch out for heavier than usual truck traffic on Highway 32.

SGCMH would also like to thank its corporate sponsor Mississippi Lime, as well as the police and sheriff’s departments and the Ste. Genevieve Ambulance district for their participation in keeping riders, runners and walkers safe during the event.

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