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Jacob's Bike Ride & Awareness Walk
Sat, Apr 26, 2014
Johnson City, TN
About This Activity
About the Bike Ride
Jacob's Bike Ride is a noncompetitive charity bike ride that includes quarter century and metric century bicycle routes beginning from the East Tennessee State University (ETSU) parking lot behind Knight’s Food & Sports on W. State of Franklin in Johnson City, Tennessee. The century routes go over Buffalo Mountain within the first 10 miles, and the remaining route of the quarter century is mostly flat returning to ETSU. The metric century follows the Nolichucky River and finds some rolling hills around Washington County before returning to ETSU through historic Jonesborough. Well-stocked rest stops managed by enthusiastic volunteers and restrooms are available for both routes, and Knight’s Food & Sports will offer post-ride bite for the metric centurions. Fruit, snacks, refreshments, and a chance to win door prizes will be available for all registered cyclists upon return.
About the Awareness Walk
The Awareness Walk is approximately 5 KM of a walking/bicycling path along W. State of Franklin and Brush Creek toward downtown Johnson City. The walkers begin their non-competitive walk immediately ahead of the departing cyclists, and will enjoy the awareness-raising environmental art completed by area elementary students in an open-air gallery. Fruit, snacks, refreshments, and a chance to win door prizes will be available for all registered walkers upon return.
Jacob Francisco was a kind, active, smart, handsome 6 year-old boy when he was contaminated with an E.coli bacteria from an unknown source. Flu-like symptoms quickly developed into renal kidney failure from hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) which spread the toxicity of the E.coli bacteria to every body organ causing him to suffer and die on June 29, 2004-- just over 2 weeks of showing his first symptom. This is not a rare illness. HUS is the leading cause of renal kidney failure of America’s children.
Shortly before he got ill, Jacob declared that he would be famous one day, and would be on the covers of magazines. He couldn’t say what would bring his fame, but his family and friends work to create Jacob’s fame for saving lives. Jacob's Bike Ride & Awareness Walk has been a significant fundraiser for the ETSU Foundation for the Jacob Francisco Lectureship, which has paid expenses for medical lectures at the Quillen College of Medicine about E.coli bacteria prevention and treatment. This year, the event will raise funds for the Boone Watershed Partnership-Sinking Creek Restoration Project.
Before climbing Buffalo Mountain, the quarter and metric centurions travel along the high end of Sinking Creek past Jacob’s home. Sinking Creek has been found to be contaminated with E.coli bacteria; prevalently, at the lower end of the stream. The Boone Watershed Partnership is the leading organization to clean up the stream with its Sinking Creek Restoration Project. Through the Sinking Creek Restoration Project, Jacob’s story has been told, and twenty-four new sewer connections, four septic repairs, and one agricultural project affecting twenty acres along Sinking Creek have been completed.
A logical extension of the project is the development of an environmental education park on 28 acres of city property that include Sinking Creek wetlands. City leaders and Johnson City Morning Rotary Club are anxious to work with other partners to build a boardwalk and outdoor classroom at an expanded wetlands that will be used by kindergarten through post-secondary and life-long learning students. This park will be a constant reminder that will raise a community conscience to rid, or at least reduce the E. coli in Sinking Creek. The funds raised from this year’s event will go to the Boone Watershed Partnership-Sinking Creek Wetlands Center account for development of the park.
The picture of Jacob on his bike was taken on his 5th birthday when he told his father to take off the training wheels. Please come ride or walk with us on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 9:00AM to help raise awareness of this silent, ever-present,E.coli bacteria, and create Jacob’s fame for saving lives!
Event schedule and times
The walkers start from ETSU parking lot at 9:00AM and cyclists leave ETSU after all walkers cross W. State of Franklin Rd.