Tikes on trikes

<strong>Patients line up to compete in a tricycle race against professional cyclist Tony Cruz. Dr. Steinmetz (pictured top left), a physician at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach, also joined in.</strong>

The 2011 Tour of Long Beach kicked off April 6 outside the entrance of Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach. Patients from the hospital who are battling cancer and other serious blood disorders competed in a tricycle race against professional cyclist Tony Cruz around the outside pavilion entrance. Patients were joined by their families, community members, Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster, and employees of the hospital to celebrate the first of a series of events leading up to the Tour of Long Beach on May 14.
The Tour invites amateur cyclists and bicycle enthusiasts of all skill levels to ride on a 31-mile open course along bike paths throughout the city. Participants in the tour will be raising money for pediatric hematology/oncology research at Miller Children’s. Cruz also led a moment of silence for Mark Bixby, Long Beach Bike Festival founder and longtime community leader. “The Tour of Long Beach is a terrific event that sparked my interest in cycling,” said Foster. “This is a great cause, and I encourage everyone to join us on May 14. I also want to invite people when they sign up to join my team– the Mayor’s Mighty Milers.”


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