All ages and fitness levels are invited to participate in the 5th Annual
"Rock the Ride," a high-energy, indoor team cycling fundraiser
hosted by VIM to benefit the St. John’s Health Foundation Stroke
and Cardiac Fund for local patients. Groups of up to four riders can ride
hard, hardly ride, sing, dance, and party into the afternoon all for a
great cause. Held on Sunday, March 8th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, the event
will take place at
Teton Science Schools.
“Rock the Ride is compelling, largely due to the number of people
in our community who have been impacted by stroke,” said Foundation
President John Goettler. “We are grateful to past riders and fundraisers
for their support and enthusiasm, especially Julie Guttormson, who founded
this event and owns local fitness studio
VIM. Last year, their impressive efforts raised $100,000 to benefit the Stroke
and Cardiac Fund.”
Guttormson experienced a stroke herself in 2006, at the age of 31. A vibrant,
active athlete who enjoyed skiing, running, and cycling, she had lived
in Jackson for only a year when she suffered a stroke from three blood
clots in her brain.
She was lucky enough to walk away healthy and had health insurance coverage.
Her full recovery included completing an Ironman triathlon and launching
her fitness business. Because not everyone has the same fortunate outcome,
Rock the Ride was born, as Guttormson’s personal way to celebrate
health, give back to the community, and celebrate another year in business.
"I had the idea of this event in my mind from the day I opened the
studio almost eight years ago. I knew that bringing fun and fitness together
are what we do best, and based on my own experience, I had a platform
to help make a difference in people’s lives right here in our community,”
said Guttormson. “I'm grateful to the St. John's Health
Foundation for helping to bring Rock the Ride to life."
Rock the Ride will include entertainment, energizing music, fabulous giveaways,
great food, and of course plenty of coffee! Prizes will be awarded to
the teams with the highest mileage, highest fundraising total, most spirit,
best costumes, and more.
Advance registration for “Rock the Ride” is required, due to
limited space. To sign up, go to
To apply for assistance or to make a donation to the St. John’s Health
Foundation Stroke and Cardiac Care Patient Fund, please visit
For event information, contact Claire O’Connell, 307.739.7512,
Media Contact: Karen Connelly, 307.739.7380, firstname.lastname@example.org
ABOUT ST. JOHN’S HEALTH FOUNDATION
The mission of the
St. John’s Health Foundation is to secure philanthropic support to advance the mission and strategic
objectives of St. John’s Heath, including patient-centered care,
clinical excellence, and community wellness. For more information about
the Foundation, please contact John Goettler at 307.739.7516 or
ABOUT ST. JOHN’S HEALTH
St. John's Health in Jackson, Wyoming, offers patient-centered clinical
excellence and community wellness services through a full-service hospital,
primary care, and specialty physician practices, and a long-term care
If you have symptoms of a stroke, contact emergency services right away.
General symptoms of a stroke include:
Sudden numbness, tingling, weakness, or loss of movement in your face,
arm, or leg, especially on one side of your body.
Sudden vision changes.
Sudden trouble speaking.
Sudden confusion or trouble understanding simple statements.
Sudden problems with walking or balance.
A sudden, severe headache that is different from past headaches.
FAST is a simple way to remember the main symptoms of stroke. Recognizing
these symptoms helps you know when to call for medical help. FAST stands for:
Time to call.