Archive for Thursday, September 18, 2008

Bike show to benefit cancer research

September 18, 2008

Since she began her duties as administrator of Medicalodges, Eudora, Tami Klinedinst has organized events that help residents of the assisted living facility feel as though they are part of the community.

The next event will accomplish that goal but with a philanthropic twist.

On Oct. 11, Medicalodges will have Grammies for the Mammies, which is a bike show that will benefit breast cancer research.

"We thought it would be neat if we could do something that would provide a way for us to keep the residents involved in the community and let them feel like they're contributing to a cause," Klinedinst said. "So many people have been affected by cancer that the response we've been getting has just been great."

She said she has had inquiries from throughout the U.S. from people who want to participate.

Registration for the bike show is $5 per bike. There will be six categories in which motorcycles will be judge and winners will receive a trophy and certificate. The grand prize winner will receive $150.

Since October is breast cancer awareness month, Klinedinst has events other than just the bike show planned.

Oct. 20 through 24 will be Pink Week at Medicalodges with many activities planned throughout the week, much like those planned at a high school during the week preceding the homecoming game.

The homecoming game in this case will be a rockathon, which is like a jogathon but with rocking chairs. People throughout the community are encouraged to participate in this event as teams will rock for six hours each day of the week. The team with the most points - team spirit, number of sponsors and money gathered are some of the categories that will be taken into account - will win $150.

There also will be donation jars set up throughout the facility and Eudora, and Klinedinst said if $1,000 is donated she will dye her hair pink.

"When I told my husband he just rolled his eyes," she said. "But what it would do is when I go shopping at Wal-Mart or someplace like that, people would 'say what in the world' and I could tell them that I was doing it for breast cancer month."

For more information on either event, call 542-2176.

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