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Aug. 1, 2007

Wal-Mart Rides For UI Children's Hospital

Patients and families of University of Iowa Children's Hospital in Iowa City will benefit from the Fourth Annual Children's Miracle Network Motorcycle Ride in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa on Saturday, Aug. 4.

The Wal-Mart Transportation Office in Mt. Pleasant is sponsoring the event, which begins at the Wal-Mart SuperCenter there.

Registration opens at 7:30 a.m., with breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. followed by the ride. Riders can purchase T-shirts or paper Children's Miracle Network balloons with the proceeds to benefit UI Children's Hospital through Children's Miracle Network.

Last year, 47 riders participated in the event. This year's goal is to involve 100 riders and raise $1,000. Registration the day of the event is $17 per person or $27 per couple.

Riders may take either of two routes, each approximately 150 miles long. Both begin at the Wal-Mart SuperCenter in Mt. Pleasant and end at UI Children's Hospital in Iowa City.

After arriving at the hospital, riders will hear from a family that benefited firsthand from UI Children's Hospital and Children's Miracle Network. There will be other activities, including a video (time permitting).

Organizers want to thank the police departments in Fairfield, West Burlington, Burlington and Iowa City for providing a police escort and helping the riders stay safe as they raise money for this event.

For more information, call Mike Billups with the Wal-Mart Transportation Office at 319-385-5711.

If you are interested in donating to Children's Miracle Network but cannot participate in the Children's Miracle Network Motorcycle Ride, please send your donation to: Morgan Rohrbach, University of Iowa Children's Hospital, 5144 Westlawn, Iowa City, IA 52242, Attention: CMN Donations.

UI Children's Hospital serves children and their families at its main campus in Iowa City and satellite clinics in communities throughout the region. A 165-bed "hospital within a hospital," UI Children's Hospital benefits from the sophisticated services and comprehensive resources of UI Hospitals and Clinics. Child magazine ranks UI Children's Hospital among the top 20 children's hospitals in the nation.

If you would like more information about how you can help the Children's Miracle Network, contact Morgan Rohrbach at 319-335-8484. You can also learn more online at

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

CONTACTS: Media: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945,; Program: Morgan Rohrbach, Children's Miracle Network, 319-335-8484,