Thursday, April 4, 2013
Registration for the annual Bike the Basin event will kick off Saturday with a special event at Go Bananas from 2 to 8 p.m. Go Bananas will donate 20 percent of sales all day to Bike the Basin.
Registration for the annual Bike the Basin event will kick off Saturday with a special event at Go Bananas from 2 to 8 p.m. The event, organized by Mike and Kristin Smedley of Ivyland, will feature face painting, balloon animals, music, games, photo booth, Bike the Basin registration and more. Go Bananas will donate 20 percent of sales all day on Saturday to Bike the Basin. The Smedley family has been hosting the Bike the Basin, a fundraiser for the Curing Retinal Blindness Foundation (CRBF), since 2011. Hundreds of kids ages 1 to 13 ride with their age groups around a half mile track at the Northampton Civic Center. They also take part in a multi-station bike safety course provided by event partner, Safe Kids Bucks County. The …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Cocktails for the Cure, which will be held April 26 at The Temperance House, will support the Curing Retinal Blindness Foundation.
A fundraiser later this month will raise money to cure retinal blindness, a disease that is affecting the eyesight—and lives—of two local boys. Cocktails for the Cure, which will be held April 26 at The Temperance House, will serve as the fundraising kickoff for Bike the Basin, an event held annually by the Curing Retinal Blindness Foundation. The Foundation was started by Northampton Township residents Mike and Kristen Smedley, whose two sons suffer from the rare genetic disease. “We are raising funds to get multiple treatment options researched with a goal of clinical trials in less than five years,” Kristen said. The Smedleys have connected with 20 other families to raise money for research, and the Bike the Basin event, held annually …
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Share your photos from the bike ride benefit.
If you went to Bike the Basin today, be sure to share your photos with the community by uploading them to Northampton Patch. Proceeds from the bike ride benefits the CRB1 fund for curing retinal blindness.
Friday, September 21, 2012
Here are five things to know this Friday.
1. Juliet Simms and Tony Vincent of season 2 of NBC's "The Voice" will perform tonight at Parx Casino for free. 2. Don't forget that Bike the Basin is taking place this weekend. Be sure to upload photos if you go. 3. Council Rock South's Golden Hawks will play the Bensalem Owls at 7 p.m. The game is away. Who do you think will win? 4. If you're still looking for plans for this weekend, check out some Patch suggestions in the weekend planner. 5. Weather: It's going to be mostly sunny today with a high near 77 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. In the evening the temperature may drop to a low around 61 degrees.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Spend this first official Fall weekend at these local events.
Saturday marks the first day of Fall 2012, so get out there and celebrate the season change at these local weekend events. Juliet Simms and Tony Vincent of NBC's "The Voice" Where/when: Parx Casino and Racing, Friday, 8 p.m. Why go: Though season 3 of NBC's "The Voice" is underway, favorites from season 2 have not been forgotten. Juliet Simms and Tony Vincent of season 2 will perform live at Studio 360 at Parx. Cost: Free Bensalem Lions Club Flea Market Where/when: 2201 Street Rd, Bensalem, Saturday, 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Why go: Browse treasures and trinkets while enjoying hot dogs, pretzels, and refreshments are sold from the Bensalem Lions Club Food Truck. Cost: Free to browse Free Zumba Class Where/when: Bensalem Library 3700 Hulmeville…
Thursday, September 13, 2012
The bike ride that benefits the CRB1 fund for curing retinal blindness is back for a second year.
Though many groups fund research to cure different types of blindness, not all degenerative retinal diseases are given top priority, according to a local parent whose two sons are blind due to retinal disease. Kristin Smedley's family, including her sons Michael, 12, and Mitchell, 9, decided to create an event that could help raise awareness for their disease, known as Lebers Congenital Amaurosis, which is caused by the CRB1 gene mutation. Bike the Basin—which will be held on Sept. 23—is like a fundraiser walk, but all of the participating kids are on bikes. "It sounds chaotic and ridiculous, but it works," co-founder Smedley said. At the event, children up to the age of 13 will ride bikes with their age group around the half mile track …
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
The fundraiser still needs community businesses' support.
When three local children came up with the idea for Bike the Basin, it was just the beginning for a fundraiser that raised $20,000 in its first year. This year the event will be held on Sept. 23 at the Northampton Civic Center again. The Smedley family–parents Mike and Kristin and their three children, Michael, Mitchell and Karissa–created the fundraiser to help find a cure for Leber's Congenital Amaurosis (LCA), a form of blindness caused by the gene CRB1. Both Michael and Mitchell are blind, but the family hopes research will be advanced enough in five years for possible gene replacement therapy, according to their website. Right now the family needs local sponsors to sign on at one of five sponsorship levels. Most of the pre-event work …