Bicyclist Wes Simpson to complete 3,000 mile benefit to coincide with March of Dimes Prematurity Awareness Day event, Nov. 12

The public is invited to attend to hear Simpson share his story and participate in the candlelight ceremony.

When Wes and Penny Simpson’s first child, Stoic Riley, passed away in September due to premature birth, Wes vowed to ride his bicycle 3,000 miles and raise $3,000 to create awareness about the leading killer of newborns and benefit the March of Dimes.

With less than 300 miles to ride and $2,285 raised to date, Simpson plans to complete his ride to coincide with the March of Dimes Prematurity Awareness Day “Light the Night” vigil set for Wednesday, November 12 at University Medical Center, starting at 6 p.m. Mayor Bob Walkup has proclaimed the date as Prematurity Awareness Day in Tucson.

The public is invited to attend to hear Simpson share his story and participate in the candlelight ceremony, where University Medical Center will be lit in pink and blue in memory of babies who did not to survive being born prematurely, and to honor those who won their struggle to survive.

The free event will be followed by a reception with refreshments, where participants can meet other families who have experienced premature birth, along with volunteers from the March of Dimes Collegiate Council at The University of Arizona and high school students who are members of the Chain Reaction Youth Leadership Council.

Details about Simpson’s adventures while riding through Southern Arizona are on his website, www.3000milesforbaby.com, where readers can also contribute to the March of Dimes in memory of his son.
The March of Dimes mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For more information about Tucson Prematurity Awareness Day, call the March of Dimes at (520) 298-5490.