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St. Jude Hospital to Hold Bike-A-Thon at Armory

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has announced that Ray Fleming has agreed to be the coordinator of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s Bike-A-Thon in Westfield on Saturday, October 11.

The third annual event "is extremely important to children with cancer," Mr. Fleming stated.

The Bike-a-Thon will be held inside at the Westfield National Guard Armory on Rahway Avenue, located across the street from Westfield High School, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Last year 40 bike riders participated in the event.

Food and beverages will be provide at no cost to bike riders, children and their guardians.

The hospital was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas. The institution opened its doors to the public in 1962 to combat catastrophic diseases that afflict our children.

St. Jude Hospital is non-sectarian, non-discriminatory and covers all costs of care beyond those reimbursed by insurance, according to a hospital spokesman.

Among the diseases treated by the hospital are Hodgkin’s disease, sickle-cell anemia and leukemia.

The Bike-A-Thon program this year is dedicated to 10-year-old Amy Lyon, who represents one of more than 14,500 patients who have been treated at the pediatric research and treatment facility.

Unfortunately, after treatment for fluid build-up, several hospital visits, tests and numerous calls to doctors, Amy’s problem had not been diagnosed. Amy’s last doctor referred her to St. Jude Hospital in August, 1994 after diagnosing her with a form of brain cancer.

There she underwent surgery and a series of chemotherapy and radiation treatments that ended in 1994. Unfortunately, the treatments have not succeeded in curing Amy’s cancer; however, the tumors are not growing, the spokesman noted.

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