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Published on May 24th, 2017

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7th Annual Charity Bike Ride to Benefit St. Luke’s Hospice

Ride the D & L Trail – 20- and 30-mile options

Peggy Cope and several other members of her family are biking for more than the fun or the exercise. They are training for St. Luke’s Seventh Annual Charity Bike Ride, an event that will raise funds for the hospice services that comforted Cope’s sister, Jenny Sweeney, at the end of her battle with breast cancer.

Before Jenny, who was 34, died in August, she spent her final days at St. Luke’s Hospice House in Lower Saucon.

“I chose to participate in the event as a way to show my gratitude for the compassion and care St. Luke’s Hospice has provided for my sister and my family during such difficult times,” Peggy said. “Additionally, I wanted to find a way to memorialize my sister, who valued a healthy lifestyle. Cycling is a wonderful representation of this value.”

The St. Luke’s Hospice Charity Bike Ride is sanctioned by St. Luke’s “Get Your Tail on the Trail” program. It begins at 10 am on Saturday, June 3.

Bike enthusiasts of all ability levels can participate in either the 20- or 30-mile trail ride, which begins on the D&L National Heritage Trail, Lehighton Trailhead, 200 North Main Lane, Lehighton. The Annual Charity Ride raises funds and awareness of hospice care. Both rides begin south of Jim Thorpe and traverse by riverbeds, the canal towpath and some paved sections. Riders will see museums, the Appalachian Trail crossing, environmental center and beautiful views of the Blue Mountains, Appalachian Trail and Lehigh Gap.

The cost of the ride is $40, which includes a participation bag, shirt and bike loan from Pocono Biking (if needed). All proceeds benefit the St. Luke’s Hospice program.

Register for the ride at vna.slhn.org/bikeride. Online registration closes at 10 pm on June 2. Event registration is also available the morning of the event from 8:30 – 9:45 am at the Lehighton Trail head.

When: 10 am, Saturday, June 3rd

Where: Lehighton Trailhead 


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