September 20th marks the 6th anniversary of the Rosemary D. Gruner Memorial Fund’s Bike for Cancer. The Rosemary D. Gruner Memorial Cancer Fund, in partnership with the Thomas A. Dee Cancer Center at Benedictine Hospital and the Benedictine Health Foundation, provides financial assistance to cancer patients seeking treatment in Ulster County who are in financial need, and frequently have no place else to turn. The fund provides for products and services not covered by medical insurance- nutritional products, prostheses, and gift cards to purchase groceries and gas just to name a few. The event honors Rosemary Gruner, who passed away from lung cancer in 2002.
In the first half of this year, the demand for financial assistance increased by a staggering 400% compared to last year. In 2009 alone, they anticipate distributing $75,000 in direct financial support to over 150 cancer patients and their families. Every $500 provides assistance to one cancer patient and their family for a year.
The event has three courses, 5, 25 and 50 miles. Martine Brown and I will be riding the 50-mile course that day. We are looking for more team members, and also your support. If you have a family member that has succumbed to cancer and would like to honor their memory, we will place their name on our ride shirts for a $10 donation to the fund. We anticipate placing 20 names on each jersey.
To find out more about the Rosemary D. Gruner Fund and to donate go to http://www.bikeforcancer.org If you would like to have your family member ride with us, please email me their name and make a $10 donation on line to the fund. Specify that the donation is for John and Martine’s ride and we will help you honor their memory.
If you would prefer, you can mail a check payable to the The Rosemary D. Gruner Fund to The Benedictine Health Foundation, Rosemary Gruner Fund, 105 Mary’s Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401.
We are looking forward to your support. Please pass this post on as you feel appropriate.