In the first Ride to Remember Dr. Greg rode for Melanie Thompson

This is Dr. Greg and Melanie at her home just 10 days before she died in the loving embrace of her family. It’s patients like Melanie and thousands of others that Dr. Greg is commemorating with his Ride to Remember.

Dr. Greg is riding for Benjamin Flores

Mr. Flores was an immigrant from Mexico who died in Indianapolis at his cousin’s home with charity hospice care from the Visiting Nurse Service of Central Indiana. Dr. Greg and Wishard staff will be telling the stories of patients like Mr. Flores while Greg is on his ride. Stay tuned!

Dr. Greg is riding for Wishard staff

Mr. Flores with Annie, a medical student at Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) who worked as a Spanish interpreter before beginning medical school. As a first year medical student, she was able to make home visits to Mr. Flores as part of Dr. Greg's section of the course, Introduction to Clinical Medicine.

Annie visited with Mr. Flores about once per month until he died. Dr. Greg is not only riding for Wishard patients, but also for all of the students and residents who have seen first hand how to care for the dying as part of Wishard's educational program with IUSM.

Dr. Greg is riding for Mr. Milton “Cowboy” Smith

Social Worker, Linda Kirchhoff and homeless patient Mr. Milton “Cowboy” Smith. Dr. Greg will share the story of “Cowboy” and many other Wishard patients throughout his journey to commemorate their lives.

Ride Starts September 14th

Dr. Greg Gramelspacher is riding his bicycle cross-country to commemorate the lives of more than 3000 patients who have been touched by Wishard Health Service’s Palliative Care Program over the past 10 years.

Dr. Greg is riding his bicycle from Santa Barbara, California to Charleston, South Carolina in 40 days.

Photos from R2R4 and RAIN 2013

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Some of our Wishard/Eskenazi Team at lunch last Saturday during our 4th Ride to Remember!  More photos forthcoming.
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Dr. Greg Gramelspacher



Greg, along with Tom Whitehead, established the Wishard PC Cycling Team with four other riders for RAIN 2011.

He has completed RAIN three times; he rode his best time last year, finishing in 8 hours and 51 minutes for 99th place!  (But let's not forget Greg always starts the ride in downtown Terre Haute ;)

Greg's favorite training ride is the CIBA Broad Ripple/Butler Ride after his commute home from work.

This year Dr. Greg is riding in memory of Wishard's Palliative Care patients and to honor their families while raising awareness about Palliative Care.



The first Wishard Palliative Care Team (2011, following the 2009 Cross Country Ride)

  Pictured: Dr. Greg Gramelspacher, Dan Fowler, 
Kathy Cummings, Ken Dau-Schmidt, C.E. Taylor, Tom Whitehead

   
Pete Fritz

 
  
Pete has been a Wishard PC cycling team member since 2012.

He has completed RAIN once in the past.  This year he is riding with a small group to Terre Haute from Indianapolis, riding RAIN and then riding back to Indianapolis (not all in the same day)!

Pete commutes to work most days on his bike, riding over 6,000 miles in 2012.  His current favorite ride is on the Cardinal Greenway trail from Muncie to Richmond and back, stopping in Richmond for lunch halfway (Little Shebas has great burgers and local made beer!)

This year's RAIN ride is especially important to Pete as his is carrying the name of his mother Irene, who passed away last fall and had benefited from palliative care. 


Eric Hudson




 Eric has been a Wishard Palliative Care cycling team member since 2012.

He has completed the RAIN ride 3 times.

Eric's favorite training ride is a route from Carmel to Hamilton Heights High School, from there he takes the green route for the Morse Lake Metric and then returns home.  It's a nice century ride!

This year Eric is participating in R2R4 in order to support the Wishard Palliative Care Program and their overall mission, especially the Bereavement, No One Dies Alone, and Memorial Services Programs.


The Davis Brothers

Mike Davis

Mike has been a Wishard Palliative Care cycling team member since 2012.

He has ridden in RAIN six times and completed the ride four times.

Mike said his favorite way to train is any ride with the wind to his back and especially rides when he's with his brothers.

Mike felt compelled to become involved in Ride to Remember after losing his mother and other family members.


Chuck Davis


Chuck has been a Wishard Palliative Care cycling team member since 2012.

He has ridden/completed the RAIN ride four times. 

Chuck's favorite training rides include anything down hill with the wind to his back.  He also loves to ride the Cardinal Greenway in Muncie, Indiana.

Chuck is participating in R2R4 in order to bring attention to Wishard's Palliative Care program.








Scott Davis

Scott has been a Wishard Palliative Care cycling team member since 2012.

Scott has completed the Ride Across Indiana four times. 

His favorite ways to training include any days he is riding with his brothers; like Chuck he too loves to ride the Cardinal Greenway in Muncie, Indiana.

Scott is participating in R2R4 in order to support to Wishard's PC program.







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Get to Know Our 2014 Riders!

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Greg Soderberg


Greg has been a Wishard PC cycling team member since 2012.

He has ridden/completed the RAIN ride one time.

Greg's favorite training ride is the Minnesota Ironman Century Ride.

This year Greg is participating in Ride to Remember in order to support the Wishard Palliative Care Program.

Thank you Greg for all of your support; we are glad to have you as a member of our PC team once again!!


John Reidy


   Happy to have John as a member of our team!


Benjamin Hendricks




Benjamin has been a Wishard PC cycling team member since 2012.

He has completed the RAIN ride two times.

The Bloomington-Brown County loop is Ben's favorite training ride.

When asked why he chose to participate in R2R4 Ben stated, "I am a medical student which believes in the importance of caring for patients quality of life as a key method for treating illness and while different than palliative care, I have been a hospice volunteer for years which has allowed me to see, first hand, the importance of relieving the suffering of patients. Raising awareness of palliative care is a key method for promoting this health-giving branch of medicine."

John Duncan


John has been a Wishard PC cycling team member since 2012.

This year is John's second Ride to Remember/RAIN Ride.

His favorite way to train is riding along the cornfields of northern Hamilton County.

John joined the Wishard PC team in order to help bring awareness to the Palliative Care program.







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Our Wishard/Eskenazi Cycling Team totals more than 40 riders who will test their heart, lungs and legs next Saturday in the Ride Across Indiana (RAIN 2013) in order to remember our patients and our loved ones as we celebrate their life and honor their families.  The training is done (I hope), the taper begins and the carbo loading finishes next Friday evening after we pick up our registration packets at St. Marys-of-the-Woods College.  Stay tuned for more rider profiles as well as some patient and family photos.

Keep the rubber side down!
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Chuck Reidy




Chuck has been a Wishard PC cycling team member since the summer 2012.


He has completed the RAIN ride two times.

Chuck's favorite training is the Cardinal Greenway from Muncie to Richmond.

Reidy is riding in R2R4 in order to raise awareness and funds for palliative care.


Eduardo Calderin

Eduardo has been a Wishard PC cycling team member since 2012.


He has completed RAIN 2 times.


His favorite way to train is his morning commute on the Monon Trail with Don Jerrels.


Eduardo is participating in R2R4 in order to help increase awareness for Wishard's Palliative Care Program.


We're so excited to have Eduardo join the PC cycling team again this summer for the RAIN ride!!


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Nathan Smith



Nathan has been a Wishard PC cycling team member since 2012.

He has ridden/completed RAIN 1 time in the past.

Nathan's favorite training rides include Nebo Ridge Carmel Rides.

Nathan is participating in the 4th Annual Ride to Remember (R2R4) in honor of his Aunt Paulette who passed away from cancer this year.

We are so glad to have Nathan participate in R2R4 this year!


David Kohake



You can see David cheesin' above on the left pictured with his cousin Bill.
The photo was taken just after David and Bill completed RAIN last year!

David has been a member of the Wishard PC cycling team since 2012.

He has participated in/completed RAIN one time.

Riding Route 8 in northern Kentucky with his cousin Bill is David's favorite way to train.

When asked why he's riding in R2R4, David shared that he lost his mother to multiple myeloma and his uncle passed away from melanoma last year, so he's "got a lot to ride for...with such a great group and a worthy cause, how could I not get involved?"

Thank you David for you're positive spirit, we know the team can't wait to hit the pavement together for R2R4!


Glenn and Tammy Berger





John Weakley



Let's welcome John to the Wishard PC cycling team!

This is John's first time to ride in RAIN.

John rides 70-100 miles a week; his favorite training rides include the 25 mile ride between Ellettsville, Indiana to Paragon, Indiana.  This stretch is part of the Hilly 100 route.

When asked why he chose to participate in R2R4 John said, "I turned 60 this year and RAIN has always been on my Bucket List"

The Wishard Palliative Care Team is happy to help John cross one off his list!!




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Dr. Greg Gramelspacher with Wishard Cycling teammates Eduardo Calderin, Tom Sharp and Jay Hardcastle at the end of our 3rd Ride to Remember July 21, 2012 in Richmond, Indiana.  Looking forward to have our riders stand on a podium this year!
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