June 11, 2010

back row, l. to r.: Paul Shipton, Joseph Snyder, Todd Fogle, Deena Eberhart, Mike Koziol; front row l. to r.: Melissa Shipton, Julie Holtzapple

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Department of Public Safety at Bucknell University organized riders and sponsors for the 2010 Geisinger Children's 25th Miracle Network Motorcycle Miracle Tour, raising nearly $1,800 from the campus community.

Seven motorcycle riders from the Bucknell community participated in the June 6 tour held in conjunction with the telethon to raise funds for the Janet Weis Children's Hospital.

"We are proud to announce that through the generosity of the campus community we raised $1,757," said Joe Snyder, community resource officer with the Bucknell Department of Public Safety. "Many thanks to all those that supported our cause, which was very personal, since it helped a member of our own department."

Lisa Lapp is a parking enforcement coordinator with Public Safety. Her grandson, Austin, recently was a patient recuperating at Geisinger Children's Hospital following his fourth brain surgery due to embryonic brain tumors.

"The care provided at the hospital is second to none," said Lapp, who said she is "grateful for all the outstanding professionals at the hospital."

"Having such an asset in such a close proximity has been very helpful throughout this ordeal," she said. "Having spent many sleepless days and nights at the intensive care unit over the past few months, my eyes have been opened as to exactly how valuable this facility is to this area. Without the Children's Hospital who knows what would have happened?"

Janet Weis Children's Hospital at Geisinger Medical Center houses the area's only neonatal and pediatric intensive care units, the country's first Kiwanis Heart Center and more than 50 pediatric trained specialists across a wide range of specialties and sub-specialties.

Contact: Division of Communications



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