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BOULDER – Former Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl was in Boulder Thursday to present a $15,000 check to the Boulder Community Hospital Center for Integrative Care.
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Karl was joined by David Ziegert, general manager of Celestial Seasonings Inc., who presented a check for $100,000 on behalf of B Strong Ride, an annual bike ride held on various routes in Boulder County. Karl, a two-time cancer survivor, is head of the George Karl Foundation.
The $115,000 in contributions was raised in August 2013 through corporate sponsorship, rider registration fees and donations in support of individual riders at the third annual Celestial Seasonings B Strong Ride, presented by Subaru. B Strong Ride was founded in 2009 by Boulder cancer survivor Kevin Mulshine and Dr. Roger Nichols, one of the doctors that saved Kevin’s life.
“This opportunity to give back to our community by helping so many cancer patients and survivors is very much in keeping with our brand’s founding mission of helping people live healthier and happier lives,” Ziegert said in a press statement announcing the donation.
The Boulder Community Hospital Center for Integrative Care provides services to cancer patients including acupuncture, manual lymph drainage, massage therapy and reflexology, Reiki and Healing Touch massage, and other related services.
Such services have been clinically demonstrated to improve clinical outcomes by shortening hospital stays and lowering patient stress and anxiety, among other things.
In addition to the title and presenting sponsors, B Strong Ride has a number of other local and national sponsors, including Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers in Boulder and Longmont, Tebo Development in Boulder, Covidien Plc, which has an office in Boulder, Mike Shaw Subaru and Flatirons Subaru in the Denver metro area and in Boulder, Zayo Group LLC in Boulder, Envysion Inc. in Louisville, and others. Celestial in Boulder is a subsidiary of The Hain Celestial Group Inc. (Nasdaq: HAIN) in Melville, New York.
The 2014 Celestial Seasonings B Strong Ride presented by Subaru is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 9. For more information about B Strong, visit bstrongride.com.