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From left to right: Mary Graham, RN, CMH Ambulatory Department; Mary Ellen Plass, CMH chief nursing officer and vice president of Patient and Clinical Services; Robbin Wase, administrative assistant for the C-GCC Division of Nursing and coordinator of the bike-a-thon, and Joan Koweek, executive director of the C-GCC Foundation.

C-GCC’s Virtual Sandy Speenburgh Bike-a-thon Raises Funds for CMH Nurses

Columbia-Greene Community College’s Division of Nursing has hosted the Sandy Speenburgh Bike-a-thon — named for an honored, retired nursing faculty member — for six years.

In 2020, the event took on a new look — being held virtually — and a new charge: raising funds for the nurses of Columbia Memorial Health. It proved to be no less successful in its revised format.

Robbin Wase, administrative assistant for the Division of Nursing and coordinator of the bike-a-thon, explained that the event typically occurs in the spring on the C-GCC campus, and raises funds for the Sandy Speenburgh Scholarship. This year, cyclists were instead asked to ride a distance of their choice in their own neighborhoods any time from April 25 to May 9, and share a photo, video, or post about the ride on social media, using the hashtag #Speenburgh2020. Riders then mailed their entry fees and additional donations to the C-GCC Foundation.

“This year, we rode in honor of all nurses — especially those working at CMH, with which the C-GCC Nursing Division works very closely,” said Wase, noting that the bike-a-thon ultimately raised $890, to which the C-GCC Health Promotion Club added $563. A check was presented at CMH on June 24.

In addition, the Sandy Speenburgh Scholarship was also awarded, funded this year by the C-GCC Foundation.  The Sandy Speenburgh Award is given to a leader with the ability to integrate academic knowledge, clinical reasoning, critical thinking, and ethical resolve in providing care to patients, and was presented to Chelsea Laine Trapanese ’20, of Hurley.

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