Annual event draws thousands from across Metro Detroit raising funds for Beaumont programs and efforts in Nepal
Each year, families gather from across Metro Detroit at a bike event to celebrate the memory of local cancer patient Alex Graham and to support Detroit2Nepal – an organization benefitting children and families locally and in Nepal.
Miles4Alex is a half-mile, parade-style family bike ride that travels through downtown Birmingham as part of the Birmingham Bike Festival. The event, scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 24 at 12:20 p.m., is named in honor of Alex Graham, a 16-year-old West Bloomfield resident who lost her life to bone cancer in 1999.
Developed by Richard Keidan, M.D, a Beaumont Health System surgical oncologist, the bike ride is open to everyone. It is led by a group of special needs children who received free, custom adaptive bikes from Beaumont Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Rehabilitation Bike Program – one of the program’s benefiting from the fundraising event.
“We are honored to carry on Alex’s legacy and her hope that children who look, sound or act differently be treated like all others,” says Dr. Keidan. “It is incredible to watch the joy and empowerment of these children with their adaptive bikes as they ride with other kids in the parade.”
Founded by Dr. Keidan, D2N is an organization that works to create positive change locally and across the world. In addition to the Bike Program, D2N provides support to Beaumont’s Pediatric Oncology Long-Term Follow-Up Clinic, providing care for childhood cancer survivors. It also helps to create rural medical clinics, birthing centers, school libraries, schools, educational scholarships, health education programs and toilet facilities for waste management for children in remote Himalayan villages in Nepal.
“We are privileged to be able to support initiatives that truly make a difference in the lives of children locally and across the globe,” explains Dr. Keidan. “We like to call it the Detroit to Nepal effect in that every small thing we do here can have a huge impact in Nepal and vice versa. We are so grateful for the outpouring of support from our partners and members of the community for these important efforts.”
Before and after the Miles4Alex bike ride, attendees can also enjoy fun family activities, entertainment, games and more at the Rock Companies/Beaumont Children’s Fair from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
To register for the ride, or to donate, go to www.crowdrise.com/miles4alex. The first $25,000 raised will be matched by the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. For more information on the Birmingham Bike Festival visit: www.birminghambikefestival.org
D2N is a registered 501(c)(3). Its mission is to improve public health, health care, and educational opportunities for children in the remote Himalayan District of Khotang. The Detroit arm of the foundation, in partnership with Beaumont Health System, raises money for two funds at Beaumont. The Beaumont Children’s Hospital Pediatric Rehabilitation Bike Program provides free, customized adaptive bikes for children with disabilities so that they may safely enjoy one of the wonderful things about being a kid - riding a bike! D2N also provides funding for the Beaumont Pediatric Oncology Long-Term Follow-Up Clinic, providing medical care for childhood cancer survivors who have health problems related to their prior life-saving treatments. For more information visit detroit2nepal.org