The Bradwell Institute Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps held its 15th annual St. Jude Bike-A-Thon on Saturday, Sept. 22, on the Bradwell campus.
More than 85 people helped raise more than $4,000 for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Retired Sgt. Maj. Larry Morning, a JROTC instructor and coordinator of the event, praised the cadets and the community’s willingness to support the event.
“The Bike-A-Thon was a great success,” said Cadet Major Eboni Sanders, the Tiger Battalion’s executive officer. “We brought in a little less money than last year, but in this economy I consider our cadets’ efforts a great accomplishment.”
The top rider was Cadet Curtis Mills, who rode 44 miles during the six-hour event. Cadets William Jones and Ryan Houghlan brought in the most pledges, each raising over $160. Both cadets wanted to thank their families and friends for their support during the bike-a-thon.
“During the past 15 years, the BI cadets have raised over $75,000 through their annual Bike-A-Thons for St. Jude’s Hospital,” Morning said.
According to stjude.org, St. Jude Hospital, founded in 1962 by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, specializes in the research and treatment of childhood cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases. The hospital annually sees about 7,800 patients. Families never pay for treatments that are not covered by insurance.