Cystic Fibrosis Bike-A-Thon and Benefit Concert at Southern
Mt. Zion United Methodist Church will hold its first “Rock and Ride” Bike and Trike-A-Thon to raise money to end Cystic Fibrosis. The event will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. on June 16 in the parking lot at Southern High School.
Mt. Zions’ Missions and Ministry Pastor Jack Thomas said that Rock and Ride is part of the church’s “Third Saturday Servants,” a community outreach ministry that helps South County residents. On the third Saturday of each month, the group volunteers for or hosts community projects that benefit residents in the area.
Thomas said several church members, including Jillian Ferguson, a 2012 Southern High School graduate, suffer from Cystic Fibrosis (CF). There are approximately 30,000 children and adults with CF living in the United States.
Cystic Fibrosis is a congenital disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. A victim is born with a mutated gene that causes the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus. This thick mucus can clog the lungs and cause lung infections. In addition, the disease can stop the pancreas from creating necessary enzymes that help the body break down food.
In the 1950s, a child born with Cystic Fibrosis rarely survived past elementary school. Enhanced treatments and modern medications have been able to give CF sufferers a huge jump on life expectancy. Currently victims survive into their 30s.
The Bike-A-Thon is one way the church can help both members and others in the community who are suffering with the disease.
Thomas said that the hope is to make the event a yearly one. Future rides will benefit different charities each year.
“We have members with multiple sclerosis and cancer,” said Thomas. “We aim to raise money for all of these causes.”
Mt. Zion has a day of fun and fitness planned for the first Bike-A-Thon and Concert. Beginning at 4 p.m., adults will set off on a 20-mile bike ride that ends and begins at the school. The course is challenging, winding cyclists through back roads with difficult hills and terrain. Riders should be prepared for a workout.
At 4:15 p.m., the little tikes take off around a course that loops through the school’s parking lot. That race is open to kids ages four to 15.
The block party and cookout gets underway at 5:30 p.m. with food prepared by Mt. Zion’s King’s Cafe. There are also games for all including a dunk tank, Hoop Shoot, Ring Toss, Fish Pond and Moon Bounce.
Around 6:30 p.m., get ready to “rock out” as Faith Plant, the Mt. Zion youth band and ApologetiX, a nationally known Christian rock band, take the stage to entertain guests.
The event is free of charge with a suggested donation at the door.
Riders are encouraged to raise sponsorship money per mile for adults and per lap for kids, all of which goes directly to the local Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Pre-registration closes June 13. It’s $35 for the Bike-A-Thon and $10 for the Trike-A-Thon. On-site registration is available.
Editor’s Note: South River Source is a sponsor of the event.