Tour de Mitt Bike Ride Benefits Hospice Care
Jun 26, 2015 Share

(ST. JOSEPH) – For the second year, the Tour de Mitt, a Bike Ride for Hospice, will bring together bicycle enthusiasts, community members, and hospice organizations to raise funds and awareness for hospice care.

The ride will take place July 11 through 18 along a 433-mile route through Michigan, from Mackinac City to Stevensville. Bikers of all levels are invited to join for all or part of the journey. Those unable to ride can support the event as sponsors or by donating to the cause, and all money raised from the ride will benefit people in need of hospice care.

Last year’s Tour de Mitt was a special mission for Dawn Spoon, RN (pictured above), a longtime registered nurse with Hospice at Home, a Lakeland Health Affiliate. Dawn’s goal was to raise enough money to provide a month of charity room and board at the Merlin and Carolyn Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville. As news of Dawn’s trip quickly spread and others joined her journey, more than $10,000 was raised.

“I have observed the stress on families trying to provide care to their loved ones without the financial resources to get them into a facility, or who can’t care for them at home,” Dawn said. “My goal is to combine two things I love and create a resource for those most in need so that they can have access to quality care regardless of ability to pay.”

Visit for more information about Tour de Mitt or to donate. Follow Dawn’s journey on Facebook at

About Hospice at Home
Hospice at Home, a Lakeland Health Affiliate, provides quality care to people adjusting to living with a serious illness, as well as to people facing death, anticipating the death of a loved one, or healing their grief after the death of a loved one. Services are provided to patients and their families regardless of the patients' diagnosis, treatment choices, or ability to pay. Hospice at Home places an emphasis on the emotional, social, and spiritual needs of those who need care and those receiving support services in Berrien, Cass, Van Buren, and Allegan counties. Extending this care, Lory’s Place, a bereavement and education center that builds hope and strength for every grieving family, is available to anyone in southwest Michigan or northern Indiana.

About Lakeland Health
Lakeland Health is a non-profit, community-owned health system, which includes three hospitals, an outpatient surgery center, a cancer center, rehabilitation centers, long-term care, hospice, home care services, and physician practices. Lakeland has over 3,800 employees who provide clinical and support services at locations throughout southwest Michigan, and partners with more than 500 affiliated physicians and other providers. For more information, visit

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