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Load the Wagon raises $22K for St. Jude

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The 4th Annual Load the Wagon and Saddle Up for St. Jude Trail Ride was a huge success, exceeding the previous years’ donations for the children’s research hospital, according to event organizers.

Each year, the event draws more participants, which in turn increases the amount that goes to St. Jude. In 2010, Saddle Up and Ride-Como raised $5,000 from the event. That amount rose to $8,000 in 2011, and was about $13,000 last year.

“As it is right now, we’ll be sending a check for about $22,000 to St. Jude’s from what we raised this weekend,” said Jim Murray, who along with wife Jean hosts the annual wagon ride fundraiser on their Two J Ranch in Como.

The goal each year is to raise as much money as possible to help St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which provides complete and total medical care more than 260 children daily.

“No family ever pays St. Jude for anything. Ever. But the healing does not stop there. Over the years, our researchers have developed many successful treatments that are being used by hospitals and institutions worldwide to save the lives of children every where. This is all made possible because of the volunteers throughout this country who have joined St. Jude in the battle against childhood cancer and other deadly diseases,” Wilfred Busby, vice president of St. Jude national fundraising organization call centers, stated in a press release promoting the trial ride.

Event organizers, which includes a list of dedicated individuals who donate their time and services each year, were especially especially thankful going into Saturday’s fundraiser for the financial and auction donations from businesses and individuals. The latter included livestock. They even had a Turkish Akbash Dog donated last week; it raised $375 at auction.

Overall, the event had at least 24 wagons, more than 100 outriders, a number of local officials — including two county commissioners, Como mayor and council member, two members of Como-Pickton school board, a former C-P superintendent and the Chamber of Commerce president — participating in the ride through Como.

Caroline Beard, a 13-year-old Louisiana cancer survivor treated at St. Jude’s for retinoblastoma and a detached retina in one eye, and her dad Ronnie Beard, an attorney and member of the St. Jude Board, were well received. 

 
 

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