Cycling for Surgery:
Students form group to fund surgeries for local people in need
Lexington, Ky. – March 12, 2009 – When Dustin Jones and his physical therapy classmates heard about a local organization that provides surgery procedures free of charge for patients in need, they became inspired and decided they could help the cause.
Now, Jones, his classmates and the physical therapy department at the UK College of Health Sciences, have formed Cycle4Sunday, a group dedicated to cycling and raising money for Surgery on Sunday. Surgery on Sunday is a local nonprofit organization that provides free surgical procedures to patients in Central Kentucky.
“Two of our classmates – Jeff Musgrave and Stephen Stockhausen - were thinking of doing a cycling tour,” said Jones. “When Surgery on Sunday spoke to our class about the great things they were doing for people in need, we decided we could help.”
Jones, Musgrave, Stockhausen, Casey Morris, and Jonathan Harney, all Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students in the College of Health Sciences, then put their heads together and created the Cycle4Sunday group.
“We can’t help them medically, but we can help by raising awareness and money,” Jones said. “Students, faculty, staff, friends and family are all joining together to support this mission, and we’re having a lot of fun doing it.”
In order to raise funds, Jones and the team will participate in several events around Kentucky. The first is the Horsey Hundred, a 100-mile bike ride through Central Kentucky. They also plan to participate in Bike Lexington and Second Sunday, two other events in the area.
“Through groups like Cycle4Sunday, we are able to purchase more medical supplies and further our cause in Kentucky,” said Laura Ebert, Surgery on Sunday client community coordinator. “Since beginning in 2005, we have provided much-needed surgery services to more than 3,000 of Kentucky’s working poor who cannot afford health insurance, and we have over 1,000 people currently on our waiting list. We are honored that this student group is committed to help us achieve our mission.”
Surgery on Sunday is the first organization of its kind in the nation. Two other states, Florida and Tennessee, have now used the Kentucky program, founded by Dr. Andrew Moore, as templates for starting their own Surgery on Sunday program.
If you are interested in sponsoring the Cycle4Sunday team, please visit www.cycle4sunday.com, where secure donations may be made. Sponsors will receive recognition in Cycle4Sunday and Surgery on Sunday material and merchandise if gifts of more than $500 are received prior to April 3.
To find out more about Surgery on Sunday, visit www.surgeryonsunday.org.