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1,000 bike ride helps Shriners help sick children, their families
Transportation van
The Alee Shriners Iron Knights raised enough money last year to buy a van to drive patients and their families to and from Shriners Children Hospitals. - photo by Photo provided.

The Alee Shriners Iron Knights plan to ride 1,000 miles in 24 hours for charity.

The annual Iron Butt Ride raises money for the Shriners Children Hospitals in Tampa, Florida, and Greenville, South Carolina.

The Iron Knights will ride out April 21 at 10 a.m. from Savannah to Atlanta, to Chattanooga, Nashville, Lexington, Knoxville and end in Greenville at the Shriners Hospital for Children.

The ride raises $20,000 to $25,000 each year, with approximately 20 riders.

Last year, the Iron Knights raised more than usual and bought a $30,000 van to drive children and their families to and from the hospital at no cost.

Lt. Gary Eason, an Iron Knight and deputy at the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department, said, “Last year it hit pretty close to home because I had a granddaughter who had brain surgery. They helped us with that and I’m just trying to pay them back and raise money for the hospitals.”

Doug Hamsher, ride coordinator, said all the money raised goes to the hospital.

He said the funds go toward projects outside of the national organization’s planned projects, such as the transportation van and renovated rooms at the Greenville hospital for families.

Each participant must raise at least $500 in donations, pay an $80 registration fee and will receive a T-shirt.

The trip will be a certified Iron Butt Ride and a vehicle will travel with riders in case of an emergency.

To join the ride, email Hamsher at or visit the 2017 Iron Butt Ride for the Shriners Children Hospital Facebook event page.

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