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  • Saturday, May 10, 2014

Photo Provided The 2014 Bike-a-thon raised over $5,000.

Becker says thanks

Dear Editor:

On April 12, the Goose Creek Police Department sponsored its 29th 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 23 participants who rode 272 miles and raised $5,541.84 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 extend my sincere thanks. You all share in this successful endeavor.

This year the hospital celebrates its 52nd anniversary. Since the hospital opened in 1962 close to 150 children and families from South Carolina have received treatment from St. Jude. Currently, more than 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. When St. Jude opened in 1962, only 20 percent of children survived their fight against cancer. Today, thanks mainly to research and treatment conducted at St. Jude and shared freely with doctors around the world, 80 percent of diagnosed children will survive. Specifically, the survival rate for the once deadly acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) was four percent; today, the survival rate for ALL is 94 percent. All of this has been made possible by kind and generous St. Jude donors.

Thank you.

Please check out the St. Jude web site at www.stjude.org for more information.

Harvey Becker

Bike-a-thon Coordinator and Goose Creek Chief of Police

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