The Katie Ride Comes to Rotary

The Katie Ride Comes to RotaryOn Friday, April 4th, Jennifer Cook, the Events Director from the Katie Caples Foundation visited the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise to give the club an update and preview of the upcoming Katie Ride being held on April 12th.

The Katie Ride was established in 2005 to raise awareness about the impact of organ donation registration and to raise funds for the Katie Caples Foundation educational programs.

Jennifer shared with the audience staggering information about the status of organ donations in the U.S. For example, there are 121,000 patients listed on the national organ donation registry awaiting for an organ. Eighteen people across the country die each day awaiting a donated organ. One area the Katie Caples Foundation focuses is reaching students in 20 counties as they get their drivers licenses, whereby they can indicate their desire to donate their organs. And they are seeing great results in their awareness campaigns.

In the state of Florida, forty-seven percent (47%) of licensed drivers are organ donors; however, in the twenty counties covered by the Katie Caples Foundation, sixty-four percent (64%) of licensed drivers are designated organ donors.

The upcoming Katie Ride continues to grow in its reach and exposure of organ donation awareness. You can get more information about participation in the Katie Ride, whether it be to ride a bicycle, walk, volunteer, or support the other participants by visiting the website at www.katierideforlife.org.

Pictured here is Jennifer Cook, Events Director, with Mark Dennis, president of the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise.

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Registration Open for 10th Annual Katie Ride for Life

Registration Open for 10th Annual Katie Ride for LifeRegistration is now open for the 10th Annual Katie Ride. The ride is April 12, 2014, but discounted fees will apply until January 13th, and this is a great last minute stocking stuffer!

Presented by Mayo Clinic, the 10th Annual Katie Ride is April 12th and we’re hoping you’ll participate!

This year’s ride will again cater to cyclists of all abilities and includes 18, 36 and 62 mile rides plus the ever popular 100 mile Century Ride which begins on Amelia Island, Florida winds through historic Amelia Island Plantation, Big and Little Talbot Islands, Ft. Caroline, and the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve.

A total of nine islands!

For recreational riders and families we offer an off-road, heavily forested tour and a Fun Ride of various lengths on the tree canopied roads of Ft. Clinch State Park. The 5K and 10K Katie Walks include routes through Ft. Clinch and the island’s stunning Main Beach.

Known for its 13 miles of pristine beaches and historic and charming downtown with boutiques, antique stores, restaurants and cafes, Amelia Island has made Conde Nast Traveler’s “Top 10 Islands in North America” list for the 7th straight year and recently was included on Coastal Living’s list of “Top 10 Best Little Beach Towns”.

Your support increases the organizations ability to spread their mission aboutt organ donor education and to increase the number of registered organ donors and eliminate the wait for individuals who are in need of a transplant.

In 2004 the Katie Caples Foundation partnered with LifeQuest Organ Recovery Services to implement an organ donor educational program. LifeQuest is the area’s organ procurement organization serving 36 counties in northern Florida and utilizes the nationally acclaimed Decision:Donation program developed by the Federal Department of Health and Human Services to educate high school students on the impact of organ donor registration.

This program has reached more than 90,000 students since 2005. And in the last year alone, Katie Caples Foundation educators have reached more than 18,000 potential donor registrants.

With over 120,000 people in need of a lifesaving organ transplant they have set some ambitious educational goals for the coming year!

People are Waiting. Life is Waiting.

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2013 Endless Summer Watermelon Ride

2013 Endless Summer Watermelon RideFernandina Beach, FL – Enjoy a wonderful bike ride on Amelia Island through Fort Clinch State Park and points along our coastal roads. This Amelia Island bicycle ride is organized by the North Florida Bicycle Club starting at the Recreation Center on Atlantic Avenue.

There are route distances of 20, 34, 58, 80 and 100 miles, for all levels of riders and for all types of bicycles.

The ride is Sunday, September 8th. Fees include a cool max T-shirt with logo, lunch, fully stocked rest stops and bike shop supported SAGs. Come join us for a North Florida tradition.

Register here.

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