Jackson's Wellness Center

Jackson’s Ride the Gorge is a one-day bicycle tour of the Columbia Gorge starting in Hood River and going either: 1) 100 miles with extreme climbing at 9,500 ft. elevation with breathtaking views, 2) 50 miles with challenging hills at a 4,200 ft. elevation gain or 25 miles with a 2,000 ft. elevation gain.

Melissa Hill joined us today to talk about the event that is named in honor of her son, Jackson Hill, who asked his parents before he succumbed to sarcoma at the age of 12, to help others with similar medical issues. Jackson loved bike riding with his friends, so the fundraiser is a bike ride in his honor. In the past five years, the Jackson Hill Foundation has raised over $280,000 to benefit related causes such as the NW Sarcoma Foundation.

This year, Jackson’s Ride the Gorge will benefit the Jackson Hill Wellness Center at the new Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel, scheduled to open in February 2012. It will be open 24 hours a day to families of patients with serious illness to relieve the stress of hospital stays. Primarily a work-out area, there will be cardio areas and pilates/yoga areas plus a nutrition kiosk and TVs at The Jackson Hill Wellness Center.

To find out more or to register for the ride click here.

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