The Parkview LaGrange Foundation has added a twist to its signature “Paddle for Parkview.” On Friday, June 20, “Pedal and Paddle for Parkview” will give participants a choice of a 30-, 15- or 2-mile bike ride through beautiful LaGrange County and/or a 7- or 13-mile canoe/kayak paddle down the scenic Pigeon River.
The bike ride begins with registration from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the Parkview LaGrange Hospital parking lot. Riders will need to bring their own bike and helmet. Whether riders choose the 30-, 15- or 2-mile course, the round trip ride will return riders to the hospital, where a light lunch will be served.
After lunch, participants will head to the Trading Post in Mongo for the “paddle” part, providing them with a choice of either a 7- or 13-mile canoe trip. Life jackets, canoes and kayaks will be provided to all paddlers.
The Pedal and Paddle event wraps up at the Trading Post with a dinner of Nelson’s Chicken and a live band called “Actual Size.” For those who don’t want to participate in the pedal or paddle portions of the day and just want to enjoy the dinner and band, tickets are available at the Parkview LaGrange Foundation office.
Proceeds from “Pedal and Paddle for Parkview” will benefit the Immunization Education Program. This program is designed to educate parents and guardians about the importance of immunizations. This education is vital to improving the quality of health throughout our county. In recent years, the number of whooping cough cases in LaGrange County has been among the highest number in the nation. Parkview LaGrange hopes that by combining its efforts with those of the LaGrange County Health Department, the number of immunizations given will increase and the need for hospitalizations for whooping cough and other preventable diseases will decrease.
To learn more about Parkview LaGrange Pedal and Paddle, call Darlene Amstutz at 260-463-9004 or e-mail Darlene.Amstutz @parkview.com. Registration information is also at www. parkview.com/PedalPaddle.