Motorcyclists “Gear Up” to Support Connecticut Children's Medical Center on April 28

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  April 26, 2013

MEDIA CONTACT:   Kelly Coffey, Media and Public Relations Manager
    Office: (860) 837-5701; kcoffey@connecticutchildrens.org

HARTFORD, Conn. – On Sunday, April 28, more than 1,000 motorcyclists from across the Northeast are expected to rev up and ride in the 18th Annual Connecticut Miracle Ride, presented by Trantolo and Trantolo LLC. The event is one of the largest charity motorcycle rides in Southern New England, held to benefit Connecticut Children’s Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Units.

On April 28, rain or shine, motorcyclists will converge on Bushnell Park between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Following brief remarks, the motorcyclists will form a parade at 12:00 p.m. and proceed onto Washington Street to travel past Connecticut Children’s, where dozens of patients, families and staff will cheer on participants as they ride past the Medical Center. From there, the procession will continue on the scenic back roads of central Connecticut to Sun Valley Resort in Historic Stafford Springs for lunch and entertainment.

“Connecticut Children's is honored to have the generous support of the motorcycle community. We are grateful for their commitment to our tiniest and most vulnerable patients and their families,” said Martha Schall, President of Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Foundation. “Through Miracle Ride, we are able to increase awareness of the critical care that is provided each day in the Neonatal Intensive Care Units at Connecticut Children’s while raising funds that will help to give children the care they deserve.”

On-site registration will be available for $35 per single rider or $55 per rider with passenger.  Additional details and information are available at www.miracleride.com.

About Miracle Ride
Proceeds from Miracle Ride support the Neonatal Intensive Care Units at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.  Each year, more than 1,000 babies, who were born too soon or with complex medical conditions, rely on the advanced and compassionate care at Connecticut Children's to grow and thrive.  Since Miracle Ride began, more than $500,000 has been donated and used to purchase specialized equipment that babies in NICU need.

About Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is a nationally recognized, 187-bed not-for-profit children’s hospital serving as the primary teaching hospital for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Named among the best in the nation for several of its pediatric specialties in the annual U.S. News & World Report “Best Children’s Hospitals” rankings, Connecticut Children’s is the only free-standing children’s hospital in Connecticut that offers comprehensive, world-class health care to children. Our pediatric services are available at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford and at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, with neonatal intensive care units at Hartford Hospital and the University of Connecticut Health Center, along with five specialty care centers and 10 other locations across the state. Connecticut Children’s has a medical staff of nearly 1,100 practicing in more than 30 specialties.

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