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When: July 22-26, 2014
Where: Traveling through 5 states (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia)
When: Saturday, August 23, 2014
Where: Ghost Town Trail in Ebensburg, Memorial Pavilion
Bike riders depart at 9 am, runners depart at 9:15 am, walkers depart at 9:30 am.
For information on how to contribute, see the donation information below.
Brother Shamus McGrenra '72, T.O.R., is well-known among Saint Francis alumni, students, and employees. He 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 few years (2011, 2012, 2013) his charity bicycle rides have raised more than $64,000 for the center. All of that money was used to help local families throughout four counties in southwestern Pennsylvania, giving them the basic necessities of food, warmth, and clothing. Brother Shamus has covered more than 800 miles to raise funds for the center. He was devastated when he could not complete last year's ride due to a diagnosis of colon cancer that needed immediate treatment. Alumni and friends understood the importance and impact of this fundraiser and stepped in to help Brother, raising $30,000 for the center through donations and the Brother Shamus Shuffle. He was extremely grateful that no one forgot about the needs of the patrons of the center. “I know I won’t have a problem today or tomorrow getting breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The people I’m raising money for don’t always know where their next meal is coming from,” Brother Shamus said.
Brother Shamus will ride from July 22-26, 2014, and will travel "Five States in Five Days (the Lord willing)" to again raise funds for the center. He is still undergoing chemotherapy, but is not being slowed down. This time he will be cycling with friends, eight in fact, who will help support him and ensure that this ride is a success. Follow their ride on Facebook.
Two of his friends, Sister Mary Ann Spanjers, OSF, a Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity and friend of Brother’s for 14 years, and Jerry Laffey ’73, were featured in the latest alumni magazine. Laffey met Brother Shamus when they were both undergraduates at Saint Francis and the two have remained friends for more than 40 years.
The group will travel from Philadelphia, PA, to Ocean City, NJ; from Ocean City to Cape May, NJ; from Cape May to Berlin, MD; and from Berlin, MD, to New Church, VA. This is the first extended bicycle ride for Sister Mary Ann and Laffey, but both are inspired by Brother Shamus’ faithfulness and by the work of the center. They are also encouraged by St. Francis, who said, “Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible. Suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
You may make a donation year round to support this annual event.
Mail to: Saint Francis University, Office of Advancement-Brother Shamus Bike Ride, P.O. Box 600, Loretto, PA 15940
Donate Online: 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."
The Brother Shamus Shuffle is a fun community event that will be held on Saturday, August 23, 2014. The event will begin at the Ghost Town Trail in Ebensburg at the Memorial Field Pavilion. Bicycle riders, runners, and walkers are all welcome to participate and will depart at 9 am, 9:15 am, and 9:30 am respectively. There is not a minimum distance to travel. The registration fee is $20 and registrants will receive a shirt, refreshments, and personal satisfaction of helping a good man and worthwhile cause. For more information about the shuffle or to register, call 814-472-3004 or 814-472-3150. To receive a shirt, please register by July 31, 2014. Download the registration form here.
Saint Francis University117 Evergreen DriveP.O. Box 600Loretto, PA 15940