Sanford Health Great American Bike Race
A fundraiser for children and young adults with cerebral palsy
and related disabilities
Sanford Health Great American Bike Race raises $354,000
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The 18th annual Sanford Health Great American Bike Race (GABR), held Saturday, April 26, at Century High School in Bismarck, raised $354,000. GABR funds pay for medical services and purchase equipment such as wheelchairs, communication devices and adaptive tricycles for children and young adults with cerebral palsy or related disabilities.
The 2014 GABR involved 97 teams of 12 riders pedaling a combined 7,338.55 miles. The following is a list of the top fundraisers and riders:
Top fundraising teams:
Top individual fundraisers:
- Mitch’s Mighty Dickinson Riders I, $18,935
- Badlands Bikers, $10,557
- Sierra’s Spinners, $10,415
- Mitch Hintz, Mitch’s Mighty Dickinson Riders I, $10,421
- Missie Frick, Sierra’s Spinners, $6,950
- Alvie Jarratt, Callie’s Angels, $3,020
- Bob Doll, Gold’s Gems, 8.62 miles
- Ian Easton, BCBC, 8.6 miles
- Tanner Blair, AE2S, 8.56 miles
- BCBC, 94.66 miles
- Gold’s Gems, 94.49 miles
- Melanie’s Maniacs, 92.43 miles
For the second year in a row, the Sanford Psychalists team was awarded “Most Creative Team.” The team was made up of Sanford Behavioral Health employees dressed up as “Despicable Me” characters, including yellow and purple minions and the beloved villain, Gru.
“We were once again blown away by the community support of this event,” said Beth Thune, GABR co-director. “Businesses, local organizations, families and individuals all pitched in to raise an astounding amount of money that will allow us to continue to meet the needs of local families.”
GABR has grown to be the largest fundraiser of its kind in the United States. Since it began, GABR has raised more than $2.5 million.
A family who has a child with even a mild form of cerebral palsy has many expenses above and beyond what their insurance will cover.
Who we are
Sanford Health and the Pediatric Rehabilitation team provide services that enable persons with cerebral palsy and other disabilities to live independently and participate fully in their community.
CP is a physical disability caused by damage to the brain usually occurring before, during or shortly after birth and is characterized by a lack of muscle control. GABR-generated dollars are dedicated to purchasing equipment such as wheelchairs, communication devices and adaptive tricycles for CP patients.