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Eight-day, 460-mile Solo Bike Ride to Benefit Mount Saint Vincent

DENVER, Colo., September 22, 2014 – Mount Saint Vincent, a leading provider of clinical treatment for children with severe behavioral and emotional challenges due to mental illness, trauma, abuse or neglect, announced it has been named the beneficiary of an upcoming fundraising event. “Kick Stand Up for Kids” is a solo, unassisted bike ride that Denver native Mike Sullivan plans to make from Moab, Utah, to Denver, Colo. He plans to complete the 460-mile trip in eight days, starting on September 28, 2014. Through online pledges, Sullivan hopes to raise $15,000 for the children at Mount Saint Vincent.

This event is designed to bolster Mount Saint Vincent’s existing bike program, where each child resident is given a bicycle that the child may keep when he or she leaves. The funds raised will be used to purchase all needed bicycles, helmets, and pads for every child in residential treatment — enough to last three years.
“My goal is to give each child what I remember as one of my most prized childhood possessions: a bicycle,” Sullivan said.

“We are in awe of the amazing journey Mike is about to undertake on behalf of our children,” said Mount Saint Vincent Executive Director Sister Amy Willcott. “We wish him safe travels and look forward to welcoming him to Denver on October 5.”

Sullivan will provide daily updates on the progress of his trip at Facebook.com/kickstandupforkids. Donations can be made at msvhome.org/kick-stand-donate.html.

About Mount Saint Vincent
Mount Saint Vincent, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency founded in 1883 by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, provides clinical treatment for children facing severe emotional and behavioral challenges due to trauma, mental illness, abuse, or neglect. Mount Saint Vincent is a leader in the application of the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) and trauma-informed care. The agency is one of only a handful of organizations worldwide designated as a flagship site, an honor bestowed by the ChildTrauma Academy of Houston, Texas. Mount Saint Vincent’s continuum of care includes residential treatment, day treatment, in-home treatment, community trainings, parent education, a K–8 school, and community early learning center. For more information, visit www.msvhome.org.
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Contact:
Elizabeth Roberts, Marketing & Communications Specialist
E-mail: eroberts@msvhome.org
Phone: 303-458-7220 ext. 241

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