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June 9, 2011

Miles for Miles to raise money for Sullivan student with leukemia

SULLIVAN — Wabash Valley Correctional Facility staffer Tammy Mark is hitting the road for a good cause early this month, raising money for a Sullivan County resident in need. 

Miles Thompson, a 20-year-old college student, was recently diagnosed with acute lymphoid leukemia, a disease commonly striking ages 2 to 5 and those over age 50. 

Mark is gearing up for a bicycle ride to raise money for travel and other expenses for Miles and his family. Miles is being treated at St. Francis Hospital in Indianapolis, more than a two-hour drive each way, and will be in the hospital a minimum of 28 days.  

“He is a long time family friend,” Mark said, “and friends stick together.

“If Miles can endure the rigors of chemotherapy, a 300-mile bicycle ride is the least I can do to help!”  

Mark is a competitive tri-athlete, so the bicycling fundraising idea shaped up as a good fit for the Wabash Valley casework manager.

“WVCF staff and offenders have a strong track record when it comes to community involvement and financial support,” said Superintendent Dick Brown, “and I applaud her commitment to this worthy cause.”      

Mark is bicycling from Michigan City to Evansville. She cycled to Winamac on Tuesday and from Logansport to Cayuga on Wednesday. The third leg of her trip from Cayuga to Sullivan continues today. She will leave Sullivan Friday for her final destination in Evanville on June 12.

Those who wish to donate to Miles for Miles, ride along with Mark or help escort, should call (812) 240-6457.

There will be sag support for anyone who would like to ride (one day is built in for poor weather, etc).  She said riders should be comfortable with highway cycling with equipment in good working order.  

Mark also is asking people to consider signing onto the bone marrow registry, at www.marrow.org, not only for Miles’ future use but for the many people who could be saved through bone marrow transplants.

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