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Wheeling for Healing set for Aug. 25

Register by Friday to get commemorative T-shirt

GREENFIELD — Bicyclists: Register now for Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s sixth annual Wheeling for Healing bike ride benefit on Aug. 25, starting and ending at the White Eagle Polish Picnic Ground, 249 Plain Road.

Organized and run by a volunteer committee, Wheeling for Healing provides funds for the needs of both cancer patients and services at Baystate Franklin Medical Center. Health New England is the sponsor for the event.

Whether it’s helping someone whose insurance doesn’t cover all the medical bills, or providing TVs for patients who must spend long sessions in an infusion chair, or training a nurse on oncology best practices with which to care for patients, Wheeling for Healing funds help BFMC cancer patients enjoy a more positive experience during their cancer journeys.

Four bicycle courses

Participants have the option of riding one of four different courses, all starting and ending at the picnic grounds: a family-friendly 3-mile flat ride “around the block”; a local 10-mile route featuring the Greenfield Bike Trail; a moderate 25-mile ride through Bernardston, Gill and the Turners Falls and Greenfield bike trails; and a challenging 50-mile route up into the hills of Warwick and Wendell. This event is not a race, and participants are encouraged to sign up for a course that matches their level of ability.

A $50 registration fee ($25 for children 12 and under) includes a commemorative T-shirt for those who register by Friday, exhibits, barbecue cookout, raffle opportunities, and live music following the ride. Family or friends who don’t ride, but would like to join the fun, are invited to attend the post-ride barbecue, for a donation of $25 per person.

Phyllis Stone, events coordinator at BFMC, explained, “We are encouraging participants to form teams and collect pledges to help raise additional funds for cancer programs and services at Baystate Franklin. Families can look at it as a wonderful way to teach their children about charitable giving, too.”

Participants can go online, design their own web pages, complete with photographs, and send out emails to solicit additional pledges.

For more information or to register for Wheeling for Healing, visit baystatehealth.org/wheelingforhealing, or call the Development Office at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, 413-773-2573.

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