Chief Becker says thanks

  • Thursday, May 9, 2013

Dear Editor:
On April 13, the Goose Creek Police Department sponsored its 28th annual “Making a Difference for St. Jude” bike‐a‐thon to benefit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
I would like to report back to the community the success of this year’s campaign. We had another successful year with 22 participants who rode 174 miles and raised $ 5,045.95 for the hospital.
I wish to express my gratitude to all those who came together to contribute to this year’s success and who share the dream of the hospital’s founder, the late Danny Thomas, who said, “No child should have to die of cancer or other catastrophic diseases.”
To the riders, the multitude of citizens and businesses who sponsored the riders, and to you for publishing news releases during the weeks prior to our ride event – I give my sincere thanks. You all share in this successful endeavor.
This year the hospital celebrates its 51st anniversary.
Since the hospital opened in 1962, 147 children and families from South Carolina have received treatment from St. Jude. Currently, 40 children from South Carolina are receiving treatment from St. Jude.
Worldwide, thousands of others have benefited from the research findings that have developed better and more successful treatment methods. In 1962 the survival rate for the once deadly acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) was 4 percent; today, the survival rate for ALL is 94 percent.
Please check out the St. Jude web site at www.stjude.org for more information.
Harvey Becker
Bike‐a‐thon coordinator, Goose Creek Chief of Police

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