From sea to shin­ing sea for Mount Si­nai on bikes

Modern Healthcare - - Outliers -

Two months ago, Steve Koch, chair­man of the board at Mount Si­nai Health Sys­tem in Chicago, sat down on his bike in San Diego and started rid­ing to­ward the ocean. Not the Pa­cific Ocean—the At­lantic.

By the time you read this, Steve and his son Ja­cob and a co­terie of sup­port­ers are sched­uled to have cy­cled into Amer­ica’s old­est city, St. Au­gus­tine, Fla., to fi­nally en­joy a well-earned break from their char­ity bike ride af­ter ped­al­ing 3,100 miles through Cal­i­for­nia, Ari­zona, New Mex­ico, Texas, Louisiana, Mis­sis­sippi, Alabama and, fi­nally, the Sun­shine State. They started on Sept. 6 and were sched­uled to dis­mount on Hal­loween.

They doc­u­mented their trip along the “South­ern tier”—a route pro­moted for its dif­fi­cult and di­verse ter­rain by the Ad­ven­ture Cy­cling As­so­ci­a­tion—through their web­site, cy­cling­forsi­nai.com. They tra­versed deserts, bay­ous, forests, ru­ral high­ways, small towns and moun­tain ranges, in­clud­ing one pass that topped out at an al­ti­tude of 8,228 feet above the beach­front ca­bana in St. Au­gus­tine where Out­liers fig­ures the Kochs may im­bibe a bev­er­age or three.

The Kochs and their sup­port­ers and co-rid­ers have been us­ing the trek to raise do­na­tions and aware­ness for build­ing a new am­bu­la­tory-care cen­ter at Chicago’s well-used and care­worn Mount Si­nai Hos­pi­tal, which Steve Koch’s grand­fa­ther helped es­tab­lish with a phil­an­thropic gift in 1919.

As of Out­liers’ dead­line, the ride had raised $296,890 from 213 donors; pro­ceeds will go to­ward the on­go­ing Si­nai To­mor­row fundraiser, which has raised a to­tal of $3.6 mil­lion to­ward its $20 mil­lion goal.

The Mount Si­nai bike crew has raised nearly $300,000.

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