One of the things I love the most about North Dakota is how our community here in Bismarck/Mandan really rallies around special events, they gladly donate their time, their efforts, and people take pride in doing what they can to help out. One such day is scheduled for August 28th of this year, at the Bismarck Event Center. The Great American Bike Race! Check this out from Sanford Health:

-- The Sanford Health Foundation Great American Bike Race (GABR) is a fun and impactful way for people to raise money for local children. The stationary bike race began in the Bismarck-Mandan community in North Dakota in 1997.

-- Over the past 25 years, the Bismarck event has raised more than $4.6 million to support children and young adults in central and western North Dakota.

-- Starting with just 10 bikes in Bismarck's Gateway Mall, the event has grown to be one of the largest of its kind in the United States, with more than 1,500 cyclists participating annually. 

Here is an opportunity for you to get together with others and join in and help make a difference in someone's life. Let's take 11-year-old Grant Edwards for instance. According to Sanford Health, "he lives with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The rare genetic disease causes the muscles to become weak and damaged over time. Many people with Duchenne are wheelchair-bound by 12 years old, and the disease is often fatal."

With so many people showing support for the Great American Bike Race - Grant has received essential equipment like a stairlift, bath chair, stretch mat, night splints, and an electric scooter to help him get around on long distances. 

Here is an awesome video of Grant.....Please do what you can for this terrific event!



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