SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - In just a few weeks, hundreds of bicycle riders will make their way to the ArkLaTex to take part in the Miracle Tour.
The idea sparked after KSLA started a Bike-A-Thon two years ago to benefit our Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, which is CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier. That morphed into what’s now called Miracle Tour; and it’s one of the area’s only bike tours.
When Lynnette Martin heard about Miracle Tour last year, she knew she had to be a part of something so close to her heart.
She’s an avid bicyclist.
“I love riding,” said Martin, a fitness trainer at Impact Fitness in Shreveport. “I spend 10 to 12 hour days at Impact Fitness helping other people. And for me, my rejuvenation and my spiritual time, is on the bike.”
Hanging from the walls inside her gym, Impact Fitness, are reminders of her hard work and dedication. Medals that she’s earned from triathlons or bike tours can be seen by the dozens.
But the inspiration behind why she rides is not just for exercise. She rides for someone she’s never met.
“My parents were in their early 20s when they had Toni Lynn, my sister. She was four. She was born with spina bifida. My mother was pregnant with me. And about two months before I was born, Toni went in for a surgery and she passed away from an infection unexpectedly.”
Martin’s parents never received one single medical bill. Those had mysteriously been paid.
That’s why Martin – in her sister’s honor – wanted to return the favor.
“I wanted to help other families not have the burden or that pain of a constant reminder, not only did your child pass away, but to have that bill come in and put a strain while you’re trying to heal and mourn and move forward.”
Martin put out a call to her clients to support her ride during Miracle Tour. "They gave from the heart and they didn't even hesitate."
So far, she has raised more than $3,200 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. That number has tripled since her first Miracle Tour ride last year.
“It melts my heart and it’s the reason I get up every morning. It’s to make a difference.”
Miracle Tour will be held Oct. 6 at Haughton High School.
Even if you’re not an avid rider, you still can enjoy the tour. They have everything from a 5-mile family fun ride to a 60-plus-mile trek.
Sponsored by CHRISTUS Health Shreveport-Bossier, Your Children’s Miracle Network Hospital