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kids bike and blade for a cause

(From left to right) Lauren Fandrich, Savanna Bader and Caylee Walth celebrate their completion of the Bike-A-Thon with treats and prizes.

        On May 6th, the Wishek High School race track was teaming with kids on their bikes and rollerblades.  Their goal was to get the most laps within 45 minutes, with several contestants putting in over 7.5 miles.  Every push and pedal in this year’s bike-a-thon was in an effort to raise money for the Wishek Hospital and Clinics.
        Felicia Huber Sampson, a member of the fundraising committee and a WHC paramedic, helped to coordinate the event.  “The community support was great and the kids who went around collecting pledges did a wonderful job,” said Felicia, who remembers the bike-a-thon tradition was going on before she joined the WHC staff twenty years ago.  The 54 participates went door-to-door prior to the bike-a-thon, requesting sponsorships in donations and pledges.  Across the street earlier that afternoon, the ambulance garage hosted their annual Walking Taco Feed.  Together, both fundraisers raised just over $4,000 that will be used for purchasing equipment for the hospital.
        Felicia explained how fundraisers like these benefit our children.  First, trust is built between a child and their clinic, hospital, and ambulance personnel while they interact and work together.  Second, interest in community events is piqued at a young age.  Congratulations to the top pledge collector, Rita Braun!  Second place was tied between Lauren Fandrich and Herman Kauk, Jr.  All three received prizes for their hard work.  Thank you to all kids who participated, sponsors who donated, and parents who encouraged their children to get involved in supporting their local medical facility!

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