CycleWerks Donates Bike For Raffle To Benefit Transplant Patients

CycleWerks in Whitehouse was recognized for supporting transplant patients after the bicycle shop donated a new bike that was raffled off in April as part of Donate to Life Month. Proceeds from the raffle will offset costs to send a UTMC kidney recipient to the 2020 Transplant Games next summer. Pictured above on July 16, Erica Reid of Life Connection Ohio (far right) and Carolyn Ruge of UTMC (middle) present a plaque to CycleWerks co-owner Julie Theroux. MIRROR PHOTO BY NANCY GAGNET

BY NANCY GAGNET | MIRROR REPORTER — CycleWerks in White-house has received a special award for its support of transplant patients.

The shop donated a new Trek fitness bike to The University of Toledo Medical Center for a raffle, the proceeds of which will benefit a UTMC transplant recipient’s trip to the 2020 Transplant Games in New Jersey. Approximately $1,200 was raised through the fundraiser during the month of April, which is Donate to Life Month.

“The theme for Donate to Life Month in April was bicycling because life is a beautiful ride,” said Erica Reid, a hospital services liaison for Life Connection of Ohio, which teamed up with the hospital for the event.

UTMC is one of the only transplant centers in Northwest Ohio and several hospital staff and volunteers were eager to purchase raffle tickets, she added.

“They loved it. A lot of people who work at the hospital are really into fitness and the transplant recipients are grateful, because they actually bike and exercise because they can now,” she said.

Ned Lewis, a 30-year hospital volunteer in the cancer unit, won the bike and he gave it to his daughter, who works in the radiation/oncology unit. The Trek fitness bike is designed for people who want to ride in a variety of settings, said CycleWerks co-owner Julie Theroux.

“It’s so versatile, you can do just about anything on this bike,” she said. “We think it’s incredibly special that people who are receiving transplants are now active and out there doing something with fitness. We absolutely want to support anything like that. We love to see people of all abilities taking part in fitness.”

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