2nd Annual Cycle for Sjogren's is September 13th

Sep 1, 2015 10:15 PM by Linda Watkins-Bennett

The Second Annual Cycle for Sjogren's will take place Sunday, September 13th in Chico.

The event is coordinated by twin brothers Brandon and Justin Dodd, who are sophomores at Pleasant Valley High School. They created the ride two years ago for a community service project in a Student Government class at Marsh Jr. High School. The boys say it's to help increase awareness of Sjogren's Syndrome, which their mother has.

Sjogren's Syndrome affects 4 million people in America, most of them women. In fact, more women in the U.S. have Sjogren's each year than Breast Cancer.

Shogren's Syndrome is a chronic autoimmune inflammatory disease. The most common symptoms are dry eyes, dry mouth, fatigue and j oint pain. But the disease is systemic and affects the entire body. The average age of a diagnosis is around 40, though it can occur in all age groups.

Cycle for Sjogren's includes a 30 mile ride with start times from 7 - 9 a.m. , and a 5 mile ride with start times from 8 - 10 a.m. Riders will leave from Marsh Jr. High School, 2253 Humboldt Road in Chico. The cost is $30 for adults, $20 for students. New this year is a team challenge. You can find details on the event web page.

Online registration closes September 11th. For more information visit www.cycleforsjogrens.com or www.sjogrens.org.


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