August 29, 2013
End Date: September 2, 2013
Location: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia
Phone: (814) 472-3021
Brother Shamus McGrenra '72, T.O.R. planned to conduct his annual cross-state cycling trip to benefit the Dorothy Day Center at the end of the summer, but the ride was postponed. Now Brother needs your help!
Help Brother Shamus Reach His Goal
Brother Shamus McGrenra '72, T.O.R., is well-known in the Saint Francis community. The 66-year old director of international admissions is as much known for his smiling, positive attitude as he is for his annual bicycle ride to benefit our Dorothy Day Center, an outreach provider to the region. For the past two years his charity bicycle rides raised more than $34,000 that the center in turn used to help local families, giving them food, warmth, and clothing. Brother Shamus was planning this year’s ride with the hope of traveling five states in five days to raise $25,000. While making initial plans he received news that is temporarily stalling his charity ride.
Through a routine medical screening, Brother Shamus learned he has colon cancer. He didn’t want to postpone the bicycle ride, but his doctors advised him to begin treatment. He is currently undergoing simultaneous rounds of chemotherapy and radiation during the next two months.
Brother Shamus planned to ride 415 miles to benefit the Dorothy Day Center's programs. The center has relied on the donations from Brother's ride to help disadvantaged families during these tough economic times. “His bike ride is one of the largest fundraisers we have. In these tough times, donations have been down and this has allowed us to hold heads above water and continue to help others,” said Mary Adams, coordinator of the center.
Even though he isn't currently able to ride, Brother Shamus would appreciate your support for the Dorothy Day Center to help local families in need. To donate, go to http://francis.edu/sfubus/annualfund/giveform.asp and select Dorothy Day Center in Gift Information, and in Department/Scholarship category enter Bro. Shamus Bike Ride.
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