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Plans underway for second annual Surviving the Snake bicycle ride

The Johnson County Community Hospital Foundation Board will hold its second Surviving The Snake® bicycle ride on Saturday, September 28, 2012. The 50K and 100K bike ride will directly benefit the Johnson County Community Hospital. This year, the board has identified a need to enhance the mammography exam and waiting room area, giving privacy for patients seeking breast cancer screening.
Last fall, the first endeavor for Surviving The Snake® ride was a huge success and raised approximately $10,000 towards the purchase of a digital mammography unit. This equipment allows for access to mammogram results the same day, a much faster turn around time than traditional testing. Approximately 56 riders came from as far away as Lebanon, Abingdon and Raleigh, North Carolina. Under the guidance of police escorts, riders for both the 50K and 100K made their way down Route 421 to Doe by way of Route 167 before the more experienced riders climbed the mountain to Shady Valley, meandering back by way of Damascus and Laurel Bloomery. The majority of the riders chose the longer 100K ride. Approximately 68 volunteers of all ages played a vital role in the first endeavor of its kind.
According Kristy Herman, Chairman of Surviving the Snake®, members of The Johnson County Community Hospital Foundation Board are hoping for 200 participants in this year’s ride and believe the event will grow more each year as it becomes more well known. “It will be a fundraiser the foundation can count on,” Herman said. “It promotes good health for the county.” The event involves many people from all walks of life, including high school students, Mountain City and Johnson County employees and representatives from the fire departments. “We try to utilize local vendors as much as possible,” she added.
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