Vida Executive Director Anne Tretinyak, J.D., will be the featured guest speaker at the Biking for Babies kickoff event on Sunday, July 12 at Our Lady of Good Help Shrine in Champion, Wis. Biking for Babies Executive Director Nikki Biese will also speak about the mission and impact of Biking for Babies at the kickoff event.
For the eleventh year in a row, Biking for Babies is sending out young adults from all sides of the country to spread awareness and fundraise for non-profit medical clinics and pregnancy resource centers in America. Biking for Babies was founded in 2009 when two young men, Mike Schaefer and Jimmy Becker, followed their passion to make supporting women and men in unplanned pregnancies more accessible to young people. This year, over 35 college students and young adults plan to cycle for the babies, women and families served by medical clinics like Vida and other pregnancy resource centers. Due to the ongoing and evolving COVID19 health situation, the four routes that normally travel across the country will ride six different daily routes across Wisconsin from July 13-18.
Tretinyak will speak about Vida’s free medical care, support services and youth outreach programming provided to thousands of women, men and children every year throughout the Fox Valley, as well as Biking for Babies’ support of Vida and similar organizations.
Ride participants train for months, learning about their local nonprofit medical center or pregnancy resource centers, and sharing the details of the clinics’ or centers’ primary mission: to provide free support and resources to the women and families who come through their doors.
“In our nine years of volunteering for Biking for Babies, our family has experienced countless people willing to dedicate their lives to helping others,” Biese said. “We are convicted that the lifesaving stories will change the world, creating a culture that recognizes the need to stand up for the most vulnerable. Biking for Babies provides that opportunity.”
The kickoff event is open to the public and immediately follows 11 a.m. Mass being offered at the shrine.
Individuals can also donate to Biking for Babies online at www.bikingforbabies.com/give or by texting “give” to (636) 303-1003. Learn about the riders, read more about its impact, and follow the route on Biking for Babies social media pages: Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.