EVENT DATE: Aug 25, 2013
DEADLINE TO GIVE: Aug 25, 2013
FUNDRAISER SET UP DEADLINE: Aug 23, 2013
This year’s event, Miles4Alex, will be a bike parade at the festival. Individuals or team participants will Bike Parade-style along with children from Beaumont Children’s Hospital Departments of Pediatric Oncology and Pediatric Rehabilitation on a cordoned-off half-mile course at the Birmingham Bike Festival in downtown Birmingham. Immediately following the Bike Parade there will be a Beaumont/Rock Companies Kids’ Fair located on Henrietta Street, adjacent to Shain Park. Alex Graham was an incredible young woman who believed she could repair the world one smile at a time. . Alex was a patient at Beaumont Children’s Hospital who lost her leg and ultimately her life to cancer. Her courage, strength and ability to put others’ needs ahead of her own is the beautiful legacy she left and continues to this day. She knew kids undergoing cancer treatment were no different from any other kids and should not be treated any differently. Celebrate her spirit by wearing a superhero costume, the theme of our event. Dr Charles Main, Parade Grand Marshal and Chairman of Pediatric Oncology, will be honored for his 50 years of medical service, philanthropy and contributions to the community. Dr Main will be retiring one week after this event. Your participation at Miles4Alex will be a great opportunity to show appreciation for all he has accomplished and also to contribute to Dr Main’s legacy. Half the money raised support The Miracle Fund at Beaumont Children’s Hospital. The Children’s Miracle Network will match the first $25,000 raised. We will continue to contribute to the Late Effects Clinic in the Pediatric Oncology Department, which assists patients who are pediatric cancer survivors and now facing medical problems related to past treatments. We will also continue to build custom adaptive bikes for children in the Rehabilitation Department. The other half of funds that are raised will be used in Nepal to sponsor programs providing scholarships for students in government schools and building toilets in a village with no prior waste management and no clean drinking water. This year you will finance the construction of toilets in two more villages, build a village medical clinic, fund more scholarships for school and initiate a health education program for three villages.