Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to all of people who have been impacted by the unprecedented flooding and natural disaster that devastated Boulder County, its communities and all of the surrounding counties and their communities. Also, a very special thank you to all the sponsors of the Good Sam Bike Jam – without your generosity and desire to be a presence in our community – there would not be a successful Bike Jam. We honestly could not do it without you.
As you are all aware, the Good Sam Bike Jam was cancelled. Each registered rider is receiving a commemorative pin and; if purchased, an official Good Sam Bike Jam 2013 jersey. The registration fee you paid is fully tax deductible and 100% of the registration has been placed in the Cancer Care Assistance Fund.
Providing a benefit to the community did not end with the decision to cancel the Bike Jam. In fact the benefit emerged as something greater than originally imagined. The Bike Jam directors drive started out on Friday morning to determine if any of the roads were safe to ride. After driving 5 miles west of the campus – it was clear that the roads were unsafe for riders, and it would be irresponsible and unconscionable to divert first responders away from critical emergency events at such a critical time.
Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center incident command center learned that up to 300 Jamestown residents were being evacuated by helicopter to the Niwot High School. The Bike Jam post-ride BBQ food supplies received a new life as meals for the evacuees.
Four pickup trucks and a van left the hospital with the food originally intended for the Bike Jam BBQ. There was enough fresh fruit, hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, cookies, power bars and water to feed 600 people. In addition, volunteer t-shirts were donated to the shelter.
Many evacuees only had the clothes they were wearing when evacuated. One gentleman explained he was at Target in Longmont on Thursday getting a television when he discovered that flood waters would prevent him from returning home. Friday was his 2nd day at the shelter. He came up to the Executive Director of the Foundation who was on site and said "Thank you so very much, this t-shirt is the only clean shirt I have, it feels so good ".
Dr. Barry Platnick, Medical Director of Trauma Services and Medical Staff President at EGSMC (wearing a blue shirt in the photo) contacted a few musicians he jams with from Steel Pennies and Rail Riders and by 7:00 p.m. provided the evacuees and volunteers with a blue grass concert (jam session). Truly we were 'Good Samaritans' representing every registered rider and sponsor.
The Good Sam Bike Jam benefits the Cancer Care Assistance Fund - assisting uninsured or underinsured patients. A new facet to the Bike Jam is the "The Ribbon Mural Project-A Community's Journey". This remembrance of cancer patients and their journey will be populated with the ribbons representing all riders similar to what would have happened on ride day by placing them on the Mural.
Simply said we made "lemonade out of lemons" and couldn't have done it without the support of the riders and sponsors of the Bike Jam. I look forward to seeing you next year at the 8th Annual Good Sam Bike Jam celebration.
Robert (Bob) Roby
Vice President/Executive Director
Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center Foundation
BENEFITTING THE CANCER CARE ASSISTANCE FUND
Cancer touches so many lives, and, a cancer diagnosis means necessary services and high costs for patients and families. The Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center Foundation is proud to announce a newly established Cancer Care Assistance Fund to provide needed resources for patients and families who may not otherwise be able to afford them.
The Ribbon Mural was inspired by our desire to connect more deeply with the communities and families who support the Good Sam Bike Jam. 100% of your donation goes directly to benefit uninsured and underinsured patients who may not otherwise be able to afford treatment.