Rain hampers, but does did not deter riders in 8th annual Ride to Survive


The Friends Foundation at Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital (SGCMH) held its 8th annual Ride to Survive to benefit cancer treatment, education and research at SGCMH.

This year’s event was only the second time that the event was hindered by inclement weather, but that didn’t stop the diehard cyclists, including one of the 60-mile riders who enjoyed the inclusion of this longer ride this year.

“It was awesome,” remarked Mike Lurk. “We had a lot of new pavement to ride on. It was great, and I don’t mind the rain.”

The rain didn’t strike until about two hours into the Ride when most of the riders of the shorter routes were finished. Riders could chose from an 8-, 15-, 30- or 60-mile ride. There was also the option of walking a 5K or being a virtual rider.
During the opening remarks, Dr. Alan Lyss, medical director of the Alan P. Lyss Center for Cancer Care and Clinical Research at SGCMH and a cyclist himself, made reference to the American Society of Clinical Oncology conference held in Chicago a week ago.

“If you were watching the news at all, you saw a lot of cancer-related news coming out of that conference,” he said. “Residents of Ste. Genevieve and Ste. Genevieve County got to participate in some of the clinical trials that have led to new advances that were. So you can take a great deal of pride in knowing that your neighbors, friends and family members were involved in some of the major cancer stories that came out of that conference. With regard to the issue of cancer prevention, when we participated in the breast cancer prevention trial there were more Ste. Genevieve residents by a factor of 80 to one than we had in St. Louis. So Ste. Genevieve really supported the concept of cancer prevention.”

Also welcoming riders was Cathy Grusling, chair of the 2018 French Heritage Festival who invited riders and their families to the festival activities after their ride. Several downtown merchants were giving discounts to riders who wear their Ride to Survive shirts.

Andrew Naeger, Ride to Survive route coordinator, relayed the rules of the road.

Missy Sutton, a member of the SGCMH Leadership team, gave thanks to a number of supporters of the event, including Mississippi Lime Company who raises funds year round for the Ride; and Bloomsdale Bank who sponsored the much-appreciated route signage for riders. Appreciation was also given to the City of Ste. Genevieve, Ste. Genevieve Ambulance District, Ste. Genevieve Police Department, Missouri Highway Patrol, Ste. Genevieve County Roads District, Save-a-Lot, Trans Am Cyclery in Farmington and Ste. Genevieve Tourism Center.

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