RIVER FALLS, Wis.
River Falls Area Hospital president David Miller pedaled while foundation/community engagement director Heather Logelin added smoothie ingredients to the blender.
An hour on a smoothie-making bike was the forfeit for two members of River Falls Area Hospital's senior leadership team after losing a fundraising challenge.
Hospital president David Miller and finance and operations director Bruce Craven pedaled with passion as they made dozens of smoothies for Vibrant Health Family Clinics employees on Friday (March 20).
"We are losers with a smile because we lost for a good cause," said Miller. "This friendly, annual competition between the hospital and clinic is a lot of fun, but it's also really impactful as it's raising money for cancer care and the caregivers dealing with this serious disease."
The forfeit came as the result of a friendly Change Wars between the hospital and clinic staff on the medical campus. The goal was for each organization to collect as much coinage as possible; any paper money or checks collected was deducted from the total to determine the winner, according to the rules.
So, although hospital staff collected the most money overall—$219.50—more of it was in paper money ($194) than at the Vibrant Health clinic, which raised a total of $129.30 with just $36 in paper money. The total of $348.80 raised between the hospital and the clinic will go toward the joint Wellness Warriors team grand total for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life, adding to $791 already raised by a bake sale and chili cook-off.
Additionally, Virginia Piper Cancer Institute, part of Allina Health, is the major sponsor of Relay For Life of River Falls/Pierce County, which will be held Friday, March 27 at River Falls High School.