14 years ago on what was a spur of the moment idea, the
TriStates 100 came a reality, and since has become a first
class event and fund raiser for the
Children's Hospital of
Alabama.  
In 2015 we donated more than $25,000 to
the Pediatric Cancer unit (Dawn Pitchford Account) of
the Children's Hospital.
  With your help we can continue
to build the success of this ride.  Please share your
memories of this event with other riders, and let them
know where to find us on the web.  We would like to hear
from you, our support, on ways to make this event better.  
Please feel free to email us with any ideas, or ways we
could improve our event.

The TriStates 100 is the only ride in the area that
expands three states (Alabama, Georgia, and Florida) in
one exciting ride.  The course is challenging without being
difficult.  We are again offering the TriStates Century
route which is 100 miles and encompasses all three
states.  Our 30, 41 and 69 mile courses loop through
scenic SE Alabama.
The story of the Dawn Pitchford Account

When our 14 year old daughter, Dawn, was diagnosed
with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia our eyes were
opened to the number of children treated by the
Hematology/Oncology Group at Children’s Hospital in
Birmingham. Like so many families who had healthy
children we never imagined how many people were
dealing with devastating illnesses. Over the course of
the 7 ½ months of Dawn’s illness we met so many
families whose children were dealing with a diagnosis of
cancer.  Many of these families were struggling not only
with their child’s illness but with financial needs for non
medical expenses.  Dawn met so many children that she
wanted to help.  
One little girl couldn’t walk in the hall because she had
no bedroom shoes.  As soon as Dawn was able to sit up
she wanted a wheelchair ride to the gift shop to buy her
shoes.  She also met a young woman about her age that
was already very ill when she was diagnosed.  She didn’t
have any gowns or pajamas except for the hospital
gowns, no turbans to cover her balding head, and none
of the stuffed animals, flowers, and balloons that always
filled our room.  When we had a brief visit home Dawn
made a quick shopping trip and filled a box with goodies
for this young patient.  She didn’t want to wait until we
returned so she mailed the box to the hospital.  We were
told it brought the young woman a great deal of
pleasure when she received the package.  
Dawn spent the money that people sent her to help
other people.  After her death we felt it only fitting that
the money she had accumulated from the generosity of
our friends go to a cause that was near to her heart.  
We didn’t have enough money to set up a trust so the
hospital helped us to set up and account, the Dawn
Pitchford Account, which would help with the non
medical needs of the children with cancer.  Cancer is a
devastating disease in many ways.  Many times at least
one parent is not able to work, gas to make the trips to
Birmingham and even sometimes money to buy bus
tickets are necessary.  Phone bills can be astronomical.  
There are so many things that you never think of until
you are there.   The account is administered by the
department and it continues to give us a great deal of
peace to know that Dawn is still helping other children
who are faced with a dreaded diagnosis.  Just think what
can be done with the money raised by the Tristates
100.  As bikers put forth the effort to make this ride and
sponsors give generously to support it we will be
reaching children and their families across our state.  
Long, difficult days may be made a little easier for both
the children and their parents.  So, I encourage you to
join us as we support a cause very dear to my heart and
the heart of all parents who have set beside the bed of
their child who is fighting the battle for their life.

Janice Pitchford
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