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Horse event supporting St. Jude research

Published 9:09am Monday, September 9, 2013

Soggybottom Riders, Lawrence County Chapter of the Ohio Horse Council is hosting a Saddle Up for St. Jude trail ride, dinner and auction at Lake Vesuvius Paddle Creek Horse Camp Sept 28 with registration starting at 10 a.m.

No trail permits will be required as the event takes place on a “Fee Free” weekend.

The event gives equestrians the opportunity to mount up and raise funds to help support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, one of the world’s premier pediatric cancer research centers. At 5 p.m. will be the dinner by donation and auction.

“This is the 12th year that Lawrence County Ohio Horse Council has held the Saddle Up for St. Jude event. We have raised more than $45,000 since it began in 2001 “We look forward to this event to help raise awareness and funds for the kids of St. Jude,” said Wanda Crowe event coordinator. “The Saddle Up for St. Jude event brings together horse enthusiasts in cities like Ironton for a good cause — to support the mission of St. Jude of finding cures to treat deadly childhood diseases.”

Since opening in 1962, St. Jude has treated children from all 50 states and around the world. No child is ever denied treatment because of a family’s inability to pay. With a daily operating cost of $1.7 million, St. Jude depends mostly on public contributions and fundraising events, like Saddle Up for St. Jude.

For information about this event, like Soggybottomriders on Facebook .

Registered participants can earn rewards for donations they turn in at the event.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering research and treatment of children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

The hospital’s research has helped push overall survival rates for childhood cancer from less than 20 percent when the institution opened to almost 80 percent today.

It is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children, and no family ever pays St. Jude for care.

For more information, go to www.stjude.org and follow St. Jude on www.facebook.com/stjude and www.twitter.com/stjude.

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