Our service extends beyond the excellent patient and visitor experience we strive to create every day, and this is our chance to show you some of the great things our employees do outside of their daily jobs to help make a difference in the communities they live in and support.
If you are not familiar with “Wyoming's Bighorn Country Classic 2016,” you are probably not alone. That’s because 2016 was the first year that Sheridan hosted this Bike MS event (it used to be held in Sundance) which included live music, great food, and raised money for a great cause; fighting Multiple Sclerosis!
Sheridan Memorial Hospital Volunteer Coordinator Jill Warejcka knows personally how MS can affect someone’s life, which is part of the reason she chose to get involved with the event.
“My sister has MS,” said Jill, “so I have seen how difficult it is for a person to manage.”
When she heard the event was moving to Sheridan this summer, Jill felt a responsibility to get involved. She joined the Bike MS committee and arranged to have the department she works with at the hospital sponsor one of the aid stations, which were located every 10-12 miles along the track to assist riders with water and first aid if they need it.
“I knew my co-workers in the marketing department would be great at manning an aid station because they are all so creative and enthusiastic. Each year, there is a national theme and this year it was TV Shows. We chose MASH for the hospital's aid station and we ended up winning the theme contest!” Jill said. “We had quite a few hospital employees show up to help out. It was a lot of fun and for a great cause.”
About 300 cyclists participated in the two-day, 180 mile bike ride. Sheridan Memorial Hospital also donated around 400 sunscreen spray bottles to the riders.
“It is a great event for a great cause,” Jill said, “and none of it would have been possible without all the wonderful people that came out to volunteer.”
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. MS disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. The goal of Bike MS is "a world free of MS." The teams raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to go toward advances in research and treatment of the disease.