Hope on Wheels motorcycle ride to benefit cancer patients


JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – The fourth-annual Hope on Wheels motorcycle ride is set for May 19, beginning at 9 a.m. in Johnson City. The charity ride to benefit the Circle of Hope cancer support program drew about 80 participants last year and raised more than $10,000 to help local cancer patients with ancillary needs like transportation, wigs, and medication. Presenting sponsors for this year’s event are Comfort Systems and Trane.

“We hope to raise another $10,000 again this year,” said Karen Clark, corporate director of fund development for the Mountain States Foundation.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m. in the parking lot of the Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA) Market Street Centre, across from Jim’s Motorcycle Sales. Breakfast and lunch will be available for purchase, as well as door prize tickets. The ride starts at 11.

The ride will wind through Cherokee National Forest and into North Carolina, following the Cane River and passing two waterfalls along the way.

“This drive is absolutely spectacular,” said Clark. There are waterfalls and little brooks and streams everywhere, and the road follows a rolling serpentine pattern that motorcyclists love.”

All proceeds from the event go to benefit the Circle of Hope fund, which offers assistance to pediatric and adult patients undergoing cancer treatment at any of MSHA’s Regional Cancer Centers, including those at Johnson City Medical Center in Johnson City, Tenn.; Indian Path Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn.; and Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon, Va.

“People come from all across our region to support this ride, partly because the ride itself is so much fun, and partly because they truly see the need for supporting this program,” said Clark. “The Circle of Hope helps people at their time of greatest need. When someone is coping with cancer, not only do they have emotional challenges to face, but they have financial challenges as well. The Circle of Hope provides assistance on the financial end so those patients can focus on getting better.”

The registration fee for this year’s ride is $20 per person. A rain date has been set for Saturday, May 26. For more information, call the Mountain States Foundation at 423-302-3131 or email JacobsMS@msha.com

About Mountain States Health Alliance

Mountain States Health Alliance, a not-for-profit health care organization based in Johnson City, Tenn., operates a family of hospitals serving a 29-county, four-state region (Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, Southeastern Kentucky and Western North Carolina). MSHA offers a large tertiary hospital, several community hospitals, two critical access hospitals, rehabilitation, a children’s hospital, a behavioral health hospital, home care and hospice services as well as a comprehensive medical management corporation. Its 13,500 team members, associated physicians and volunteers are committed to its mission of bringing loving care to health care. For more information, visit www.msha.com.

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